That may be a more admirable goal
Tue Mar 14, 2017 17:23

Lucien had read up a little on gender stuff before now. The topic hadn’t been remotely relevant in his life until his third year, which was when Holland arrived at RMI; subsequently, his trips for more books to keep him occupied over the summer months had included a couple non-fictions with titles that contained the acronym ‘LGBT’ and other unfamiliar words. At the time, this vaguely curious research had only concluded one thing for him: that the common definition of gender was based on sets of behavioural norms. Those books hadn’t been able to tell him why society evolved new sets of norms - not just new norms, because obviously norms changed as society itself changed, but brand-new sets, new enough to justify new genders.

A casual attempt at more reseach had confirmed that there seemed to be only two angles he could approach it from. Either he went looking for an explanation about how brand-new behavioural norms could emerge, which was consistently fruitless, or he went the opposite route by asking why gender even existed in the first place, which had first been just plain weird (because of course he was a man) but then he had also extrapolated it to mean that only people with a literally different sex could be recognized as different genders. He’d discarded that possibility quickly, thinking it an evolutionary disadvantage and thus a biological impossibility.

His thoughts meandered back to this when Francine started gesturing around the library. Holland’s outburst had brought to his attention the existence of ‘intersex’ people which, although he hadn’t yet found the time to look it up and actually verify her claims, at least implied that he might not have done the most thorough research the first couple times around. Maybe there was something else to be found here. RMI’s library was, admittedly, at least ten times as large as the library in his tiny riverside hometown.

“But even if it doesn’t makes sense to you after we look it up...”

Lucien sighed. Logic was never perfect but his was fairly solid. He could allow for a margin of error, however, it likely wouldn’t still make sense. And to do something illogical... “Do you think,” he slowly thought out loud, nose wrinkled, “if I just used h- Holland’s name, that would be okay? To start,” he added belatedly, although he didn’t hold much faith in his ability (slash willingness) to actually use different pronouns. Avoiding pronouns entirely was a dumb compromise, but a compromise nonetheless.

He didn’t have to think about her question of where he wanted to begin. “Books, absolutely. The older, the better.” Resting his hand briefly over hers, he attempted a small smile that didn’t exactly reach his eyes and began walking down the aisle.

  • I'm mostly just trying to quote Adele - Francine, Tue Mar 14 01:20
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    • That may be a more admirable goal - Lucien, Tue Mar 14 17:23
      • I'm nothing if not admirable. - Francine, Tue Mar 14 20:52
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