Episode 6: 3 Genders? In Ancient Egypt? It's More Likely Than You Think


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In today’s episode, Leigh and Gretchen head way back in time to Ancient Egypt. That’s right, get ready to walk like an Egyptian! Take a tour through Egyptian mythology to discuss what Set and Nephthys imply about Egypt having a concept of third gender. Plus, the dancing woman mummy, gender transformation in burial, the gender presentation of women pharaohs like Hatshepsut, and Gretchen’s favorite gay Egyptian tomb! By the end, you’ll see why having 3 genders in Ancient Egypt is more likely than people think!

Outline0:00 – Introduction

5:38 – A Note on Mythological Sources

9:44 – Gender Ambiguity in Mythology

30:29 – What Does this Have to do with Gender?

40:00 – Other Evidence of Non-Cisheteronormative Gender

54:58 – Linguistic Evidence of Third Gender

1:07:36 – Two Famous hm Priests: Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep

1:23:52 – Takeaways

1:29:39 – How Gay Were They?

1:36:51 – Closing and Where to Find us Online

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