SPEAKING TO OR ABOUT SIBS
AND OTHER PEOPLE
SIBS AND SIBLINGS
irrelevantists have no 'sibs'
but only 'sisters' and/or 'brothers'. Even when the gender of the body of
a person who has the same parent(s) has no bearing on the subject of the
conversation whatsoever, they will still speak of "their sisters"
and of "their brothers". Fortunately, the present language
--unlike the traditional variants of many other languages-- does
have a word for somebody or someone who has the same parent(s),
namely the word sib. Etymologically this term is akin to
suus meaning nothing else than one's own. (It is only a
coincidence that sib starts with the si of sister and
ends with the b of brother.) An awkward way of defining
sib is brother or sister (considered) irrespective of sex.
In such a definition the language user is supposed to take a sib's gender
into account without taking it into account. But purely
truth-conditionally it must be admitted that a sib is a brother or sister,
and that sibs are a brother or brothers and or or a sister or sisters.
Elsewhere sib and sibling may be treated as
synonyms, but we shall reserve the latter term for persons who are members
of the same group, particularly for persons who have the same ideals.
The equivalents in sexualist subcultures are brother for male
sibling and sister for female sibling. Exclusivist
trade unions, professional organizations and religious orders are
favorite places of such brothers and sisters: "We must fight for
our rights, brothers!" and "Beloved brethren, we are gathered
together to pray for our sisters who have taken a vow of
silence". Both outlaws and legal specialists have formed
brotherhoods in the past, and the old law of the land may
thus force even antisexualist persons and groups to use the
services of such a brotherhood. In 'titles', or when used as a
form of address, brother and sister are capitalized as in
Lord Exequall used to be Brother Wye or in If she gets her
way, Sister Exex will revolutionize the whole ward.
Sibs have a biologic relationship with each other, but no
such relationship is required for siblings, altho their emotional
ties may be as strong as, or stronger than, those of sibs who
grew up together. Neither biologic-materialist nor maritally
exclusivistic considerations play a role in our common adherence to
the Ananorm or in the
establishment of a
Gender is, likewise, not relevant either in this
respect. We may be male or female when our interest is an erotic
one, or when we want to beget or bear a child, in general we are
people with neutral-inclusivistic convictions. Hence, unless the
context is erotic or related to procreation, we and our sibling
adherents shall not call each other "brother" or "sister". For
our ideal is a 'sibling culture' that truly and relevantly
transcends all sister- and all brotherhood.