PLATO: "For a man to love traps is not gay by any
measure, for traps embody the true form of feminine
Beauty, which suffers constraint by any earthly
gender but is rather fulfilled in all feminine bodies
regardless of their biological origins. For example, one
might love and admire a statue of a woman, but we would
never call such a person a , tor it is the form
the Female which is instantiated in the statue that this
persin admires; likewise with traps. We see that there are
some who [eve traps but despise badies,
and for these people, it is not proper to speak of them as
being gay at all, for the nature of gayness, if gayness were
to exist, is the love a gender which is the same as yours.
This love is something which has its timeless origin in the
domain of Forms before it could ever become instantiated
in the world of bodies. Therefore, it is not gay to leve traps,
for ene levee net the earthly body of a young boy but a
transcendent that is fundamentally
female in nature and incorporeal'
ls it gay to love traps?"
Suppose, fer the sake of argument, that
traps were just a species within the genus of women,
just as "tall women" are. This weild mean that traps are
women, which makes it not gay for a man to love them.
Howeve r, insofar as traps exist as a distinct species of
women, it must be fundamentally gay to leve them, for the
differently of a trap is the quality cf "having been raised
as a boy". if ene were to be a lever of tall wemen to the
exclusion of women of ether heights, we would say that
this person is a lever of witness". Likewise, if one were to
love , to the exclusion of other women, we
would say that this person is a lever of the differentiating
quality of traps, which is "having been raised as boys,"
and hence that this person is straight in some ways, but
alse gay. For it is the differences between species from
which we derive our definitions. Se long as the distinction
between and exists, it must
be at least a little gay to love traps And if it is at least a
little bit gay to love traps, then it is certainly gay."