Why does the question of origin matter when it comes to sex, gender, sexuality, or sexual desire?

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch: The Origin of Love

Why does the question of origin matter when it comes to sex, gender, sexuality, or sexual desire? In this clip from the film adaptation of the off-broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” Hedwig sings a song about the origin of love. The story he tells is not his own but rather the story told by Aristophanes, the ancient Greek comic playwright, in Plato’s Symposium. In Plato’s Symposium, several characters give speeches in praise of Eros or love. You may want to consult the text of the Symposium to get a richer sense of the complexity of the symposium attendees’ musings on love. It is important to consider here why the writers of Hedwig chose this speech from Plato’s Symposium. Why might this particular speech on love from an ancient Greek text be more relevant to Hedwig (a transgender woman who suffered botched genital surgery, hence the “angry inch”) or to any of us in the 21st century than another story on love and the origin of erotic desire?

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