Aside from Pro-creation, why do you think there are two genders?
Stemming from a theory an insistent commentor posted on one of my hubs, I am curious - why are there two genders, aside from procreation? In the case this question stems from, it was the reason to ban SS marriage...but I'm curious as to why you think there are two genders - for any reason/ (also, I acknowledge there are more then 2, but for the sake of this question - I mean Male and Female). There are no wrong or right answers, but I do ask that you are respectful of each other. I will delete nasty comments.
I am going to approach this from a more philosophical/spiritual perspective.
I believe in a universe where opposites are equal and necessary - yin and yang if you will, but on a larger level. Dark/Light, Summer/Winter etc. everything comes in circles and all are a necessary component of the whole of life itself.
Gender is a part of that circle of humanity and we need both men and women. I see men and women as not wholly separate. It's not solely about genetalia. "Gender roles" are not black/white - they are there, but are a blend of energies. It's hard to explain, but I think the genders are like the seasons, the natural order of things. You can't have something without having it's opposite - but just like the seasons blend, so do the genders. This explains why a lot of us women are not "girly girls" and a lot of men aren't "alphas" etc.
It isn't just about procreation, it's about being a part of a whole. Men and women need one another. A world full of all women or all men would be awful, but a world with both is beautiful and mysterious. Our masculine and feminine traits merge together to create complexity and richness.
I do not think there is necessarily any other reason besides pro-creation. Male and females both have the necessary parts to create life (whether through intercourse or the other ways that are possible in the modern age).
Aside from that, biblically, Eve was created to take care of Adam, and to keep him company so he was no longer lonely. The Bible just was not as up to date as things are today. There was no common knowledge of the variety of intimate relationships that are based upon love.
No matter what sex or sexual orientation one has, they are still capable of love and companionship. For same-sex couples, although they cannot procreate together does not mean that they cannot raise a child or be a parent. Instead of looking at it as male and female just think of it as penis and vagina (since they were created in order to reproduce). Other than that, nothing else matters in my opinion. Love is the most important gift.
We reproduce via meiosis (sexual reproduction) in which two sex cells with half the parent's chromosomes combine to form a full organism. Sexual reproduction is a very common form of reproduction and the most common form of reproduction for advanced organisms. Clearly it has evolutionary value.
But we wouldn't need genders for that to happen. We could all be a single gender, or have both genders, and it would work just fine. The fact that most species have developed different sexes would seem to suggest that it has some other purpose.
Different genders allows for diverse roles. In humans, the female carries the child and feeds it, which requires larger hips and larger breast tissue for milk production, etc., which also leads to a natural division where the women stay near the homestead raising and nurturing children, while the men go out to hunt and protect the home, and therefore need to be, and can be, larger and stronger. It also allows for the one gender to be somewhat expendable.
Similarly, there is no reason we need to have sex to reproduce. We could transfer sex cells by casual touches, for instance. So again, sex has a purpose beyond reproduction. Put simply it is fun and by creating such an interaction, we create a political system of pleasure seeking in which gratification establishes bonds and the desire for gratification encourages men to show-off and gives women something of value to barter with.
The point to be made is that these gender differences, gender roles, and the politics of pleasure, have utility beyond simple reproduction. They are related of course. They give us a method for trying to choose strong mates, but they go well beyond that, and give us a complex and dynamic social environment, that has tremendous value in itself.
People who use the natural procreation argument against same-sex marriage are doing so as if we were simple single cell amoeba. We aren't. Our complex and dynamic societies have purpose and include blurriness of genders as well as deep politics of desire which include all sorts of sexual couplings. This is true for all advanced animals and is completely natural.
The only thing unnatural is some weird black and white world where only men and women have sex for the sole purpose of baby-making. That doesn't exist in any advanced animal.
God created a perfect universe and said in Genesis 1:26 "Let us make man in Our image..." He created man to have dominion over the earth, he created the female to be a suitable, equal partner. The purpose was for the husband and wife to be an earthly example of the triune God. When sin entered the world. Sin being ultimately a result of unbelief, because God told Adam and Eve that they would die when they ate of the tree and they died spiritually, then physically. The spiritual death cut them off from a relationship with God. They didn't believe God, they were deceived into believing God was withholding something good from them by telling them not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After they sinned God slaughtered an animal that had done nothing wrong to clothe their nakedness.
When Christ, the Son of God came, He lived a perfect sinless life doing no wrong, was nailed to a brutal Roman cross, despised and rejected to take away the sins of those who would believe and put their trust in Him. God doesn't have people believe in vain, He's given believer His Spirit as a guarantee, to be our Comfort and our Guide in a world that hates God and everything of God. My friends, family, and everyone else may fail me, but my God never fails.
What a delightful question.....Why are there two genders? Variety, diversity, delight, creativity, humor?
God + Mother Nature created life together, just don't ask me how!lol....We're all born from Mother Nature & obviously that's where the worlds beauty comes from, & our ability to be beautiful people that can create beautiful things....And we get our strength, & energy from God....So maybe anything that is to be considered real life, has to have an opposite sex to pro-create & that's the only possible way for it to ever happen....Men like soft smooth lady parts, & women like rough hairy arsed men!lol....That's what opposites attract really means, simply because it's something completely different to us....We would be very bored & lonely without the opposite sex, just like god would be without mother nature to gaze at....Also would a god possibly be able to create all this, "without" mother nature nagging away at him?....You know what us men can be like ladies, we can get a bit lazy at times!lol :-)
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