I really need to thank shoutbox/forum member zaira, who
unwittingly gave me the inspiration the end of this
comic... and indeed the title. The phrase "man-womanish"
actually appears in
Dionysus' Wikipedia entry
, and it's
a delightful phrase indeed. So thanks, zaira, for
helping me to end a comic that I really didn't know how
It's only now that I'm reading about Dionysus in detail
that I'm coming to realise what an interesting character
he is/was. He was sort of 'promoted' to one of the
twelve Olympians after Hestia left in a huff because she
thought (and it's hard not to have some sympathy for her
here) that the other Gods were a bunch of petty morons.
So Dionysus was replacing a woman in a group that was
originally split evenly along gender lines, and he seems
to have had something of a feminine touch himself. If
that statue at the top of his Wikipedia article's
anything to go by, he was almost the Bridget of the
ancient world, visible winkie or no visible winkie.
And then, of course, there's the
who are just fascinating for all sorts of reasons.
There's all manner of interpretations about who they
really were and what their modern day 'equivalent' would
be... as usual with this comic, I've taken one
interpretation that I like and run with it. Still,
they're well worth reading up on if you're interested in
gender attitudes in antiquity. Fascinating people... and
yes, the castration business is entirely true.
Hmm. Sometimes I have to take a step back and consider
just how much of my time is spent either talking or
making comics about genitals...