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18 Nov 2019
Genly and Estraven have long talks on the way to Osborth.
11 Mar 2020
For six months now, he and Estraven had been lovers and Estraven had gone into kemmer the same way again every time. Whatever chemical influences Genly sweated out were not half as potent as a Gethenian person’s, but were still legible to Estraven’s body—they were both human, after all—and still capable of tipping the scales during thorharmen. Six times in a row, Estraven had gone into kemmer as female, though that word didn’t map neatly onto the closest Gethenian concept. Animals had sexes, but humans had temporary sexual states of being, without meanings beyond physical attached to either kemmer form. There were certain social assumptions about the rare Permanents, those half-gendered Gethenians who would never know what it was to change cyclically and thus never bear nor beget, but even then, the assumptions were the same for every kind of Permanent. Even some of the kinder assumptions were tinged with pity, though. Permanence was not enviable.
Same way all the time. Estraven hadn’t complained. Not yet, Genly thought.