chapter  5
21 Pages

The Third Sex: Gender ‘Hermaphroditism’ or Androgyny?

In her preface to the script of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando, Sally Potter writes of her struggle to produce a screenplay that would capture on fi lm the concept of gender as artifi ce that Woolf created in her text:

The longer I lived with Orlando and tried to write a character who was both male and female, the more ludicrous maleness and femaleness became, and the more the notion of the essential human being that a man and woman both are-predominated.2