Nothing is new

For those of us not living in the Bronze Age, homosexuals and gender-benders aren’t really a big deal. You kind of expect it, actually. I mean, sexual variability is to be expected in nature, and sex is such a subtle thing with humans I’m beginning to think that the words are adjectives rather than nouns. In any case, we know same sex attraction has been around for a long time, even though I’m sure most religious folks are convinced it’s the work of some evil and nefarious intelligence. So I doubt any of them will care about the recent discovery of a “gay caveman“.

The guy was found with all the accouterments normally reserved for women, and considering how meticulous our ancestors were about burying people, archeologists are convinced it’s evidence of a possible ancient transsexual male.

Women would be buried with necklaces made from teeth, pets, and copper earrings, as well as jugs and an egg-shaped pot placed near the feet.

“What we see here doesn’t add up to traditional Corded Ware cultural norms…None of the objects that usually accompany male burials -such as weapons, stone battle axes and flint knives- were found in the grave.

“We believe this is one of the earliest cases of what could be described as a ‘transsexual’ or ‘third gender grave’ in the Czech Republic,” archaeologist Katerina Semradova told a press conference on Tuesday.

Sometimes a dude just wants to be a lady, even when he lives in a moldy cave, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with it!

Comments (6)

  • avatar

    Curt

    The existence of historical homosexual or transsexual people shouldn’t really be any surprise at all. What is surprising is that this person was apparently given the respect due to any other member of the community in which they lived. Most modern cultures could certainly learn a thing or two about acceptance from this discovery!

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    Joe Dixon

    This makes me wonder, at what point in our history as a species did we go to gay is ok to gay is sick? It’s fairly clear every known culture had homosexual activity in it. And early people would appear to think it wasn’t a big deal. I wonder at what exact point did the tide turn?

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    darkpaw

    Joe, it was the point at which religion thought it had a right to rule the cosmos. Thankfully, that time is coming to an end due to people waking up and realising that religion is nothing more than an organised mafia of deluded pillocks.

  • avatar

    Apollo

    It’s all down to domination via procreation.

    The more followers mating and producing offspring the greater and faster the growth of the group, be it a relgious, idealogical or biological (we weren’t the only apes to make it a step down the evolutionary track), the more likely that that group will gain dominance within an area. In this context, homosexuals a drain on the group’s resources without contributing the most desired input of the follower, to produce new followers, who will in turn produce more new followers, exponentially increasing the group.

    You can still see this today. When Armstrong walked on the Moon in 1969 there were only 3 billion people or so globally, 42 yesrs later we are fast approcahing 7 billion.

    There are some interesting charts on Wolfram Alpha if you want to look at population growth in more detail, globally and by country.

    There are some differing factors from it’s modern interation compared to the bronze age. But I’ve already gone on too long ;)

    Please remember my comments are within a very specific context and I am not against homosexuality as a generality.

  • avatar

    JPaper

    Alrighty, but “transgender” doesn’t necessarily mean “gay”…

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