On the one hand man is becoming more and more womanish, less virile. On the other hand, the woman is moving closer to man, she is becoming mannish. This has proved very harmful. The greatest harm it has caused is that no woman is able to feel satisfied with any man. The same is true with man. Consequently, both suffer from discontentment twenty-four hours a day. This is bound to happen. Until we have enabled man and woman to be on the opposite polarities, distinct from each other, their suffering is inevitable. This factor is responsible for their suffering – which is sick. Otherwise, there is no reason for it.
If a man becomes womanish and a woman becomes manlike, we cannot call them perverts because of this change – if it is happening naturally. I am not talking about women becoming manly or men becoming womanish because of changing social conditions. I am talking about the one percent or so of change that happens in a woman’s inner functioning in the biological sense. We cannot use the word perversion for this.
No, no. We should not; we should not at all.
It is like someone who has a disease; we cannot call him a pervert.
No, no. There is no question of calling this person perverted.
But many people do exactly that: they call the person a pervert.
No, no. It is not perversion; it is an accident. Not perversion but an accident.
You are saying this now. But generally people…
It has nothing to do with perversion. It is basically an accident, and ways should be found to save people from such accidents. People who are victims of such accidents deserve kindness, not abusive labels such as calling them perverts. No, to do so is a mistake. All our efforts to correct such a person are acts of foolishness. Instead, we should take care to bring about a qualitative change in that person as far as their femininity or masculinity is concerned – which is not too difficult. By injecting hormones the person can be made feminine or masculine – but we don’t think along these lines.