chapter  6
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The Secret of Tiresias

Hesiod's earlier Greek version of the myth is even more specific about the increments of pleasure: "Teiresias [this is the usual transliterated Greek spelling] was chosen by Zeus and Hera to decide the question whether the male or female has most pleasure in sexual intercourse: And he said: 'Of ten parts a man enjoys one only; but a woman's sense enjoys all ten in full.' For this Hera was angry and blinded him, but Zeus gave him the seer's p ~ w e r . " ~

Tiresias is perhaps the classical figure most insistently invoked by poets, writers, and gender theorists to describe the paradoxes of bisexuality. Why should this be?