a reply to: Reverbs
Was sex "invented"?
What sex did do is make life much more interesting and diverse. Every time you mix up a load of genes from two individuals together, you get a unique
variation in outcome. But what followed the "invention" of sex, during the Cambrian explosion, were eyes, teeth, probes and feelers, lights and
displays. Sex introduced competition for sex and we had fighting on our hands.
Earth Mother is all very well at being one of those things that's get you through the night, and it is better than some beliefs, but it is a human
mental framework for understanding. From my perspective, the Earth didn't open "herself" to receive. "She" was pounded and battered, mixed and
stirred, heated by radiation.
In the job before this one, I worked on a plant breeding project as a Lab assistant. I spent many a lazy afternoon, in full protective clothing and
breathing apparatus facilitating plant sex. Domesticated plants, much like domesticated animals, often need human intervention to aid the process, as
it were. Plants is my limit as far as that sort of facilitation goes, I used to walk out of the glass house bright yellow from head to foot in
pollen, I should imagine Tuppers experience something similar at times.
The early Egyptians, or possibly just in some regions of Egypt, or perhaps it was a more widely held belief that simply got usurped, believed the
Earth to be a male, Geb. He is pictured, reclining, propped up on one elbow, and one knee bent pointed to the sky. Often he looks a lot like a
valley, two mountains with a plateau between, in others when paired with his consort, he also has a huge phallus, which stretches up towards Nut, his
consort, the sky. She in turn, stretches her arms and legs to him, the Earth, like the biosphere, holding everything in, and in place over the Earth.
The story, roughly goes, that their father, Shu (I think) seeing that they were too tightly entwined, seperated them, thus creating the Middle Earth,
where we all live suspended between them.