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
(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
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
Sibs have a biologic relationship with each other, but no such
relationship is required for siblings,
emotional ties may be as strong as, or stronger than, those of sibs who
grew up together.
Neither biologic-materialist nor
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
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.