Gay Children’s Gender Confusion Book Proposal: Eve has Two Mommies—Or Are Those Daddies?

This is a curious late-Medieval image. Gender seems oddly reversed—God the Father appears rounded, as if pregnant, and Eve comes out of Adam’s body, rather than the other way around. Perhaps Eve’s first words out of the womb were the same as Miranda’s in Shakepeare’s the Tempest:

Oh brave new world that has such men in it!   

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Gay Children’s Gender Confusion Book Proposal: Eve has Two Mommies—Or Are Those Daddies?

  1. santitafarella says:

    If you look closely, the roundness of god’s belly is his arm under his cloak, but I think that Freud would say that the artist had unconsciously sublimated pregnancy, setting the males in the scene as the ones “birthing” Eve.

    I also think that the difficulty of males to absorb their dependence on women makes them fantasize that the first woman had to come from a male god, or out of Adam’s body.

    That famous mysogenist, the apostle Paul, insisted that male domination and authority came out of the “fact” that it was the male who was created first, and then Eve, and it was Eve who came out of Adam’s body, not the other way around. I believe that the famous Pauline passage is somewhere in one of his letters to Timothy.

  2. santitafarella says:

    Paul’s passages: 1 Timothy 2:12-14 and 1 Corinthians 11: 7-10.

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