5 or 50?
The part of this book that has stood out the most for me so far was chapter 9, revising the family album. There’s a lot of information and theoretical thinking here I feel between changing your gender even if it’s for a night and talking about Malkah and her past relationships. How you can be with someone and still be with another person is how I interpreted it because the way she is talking about how she can’t belong to others the way she belonged to him but still she is with other people sexually. “I never wanted to belong to anybody, I only wanted to borrow them for a while, for the fun of it, the tenderness, and some laughs. They go in to talk about partners and the differences in numbers and Shira is shocked that Malkah hasn’t counted because she is only at 5, I think that it’s something that people feel so different bout their sexuality and hearing and realizing that other people feel differently, especially if it is more open to the idea of sexuality is very strange to think about and realize that feelings toward sexuality could be different. “Perhaps Malkah is lonelier than she seemed.” Makes me wonder if Shia actually thinks Malkah is lonely or just promiscuous. When people talk about being with many partners we have been taught that it is because they’re lonely or uncomfortable with themselves, someone told me once that the reason to have more than a certain amount of partners was because they were not comfortable with who they were and they were trying to find that in other people and so I’m wondering if that’s what Shira thinks about Malkah where Malkah feels as if that’s just the person she has been born to be.