"Gender binary" describes our current belief system that gender exists as only male or female. There are, in fact, many more genders, and this post highlights the five areas that are most challenging to those who identify outside of the gender binary.
A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.
Tackling topics like gender identity and presentation, gender-based assumptions, cissexism, pronouns, the gender binary, and the transgender umbrella, the book lives up to its name, providing the reader with an engaging Gender 101 lesson.
These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.
I aim to make images that bash through binaries and the notion that in order to be officially transgender, you have to have surgery or take hormones. I perform trans not as something about a crossing from one sex to another but as a continual becoming.
The people that show up in Jack Tar 207 shoots aren't strictly queer, they do shoot straight folk too, but LK notes they are intentionally leveraging the stunning style of the queer community in the Portland area.
The main issue for the traditional trans community is that by being public and claiming membership as trans, persons such as B. Scott, or the recent detransitioners who made the news, muddy the public perception and make political action more difficult.
Transgender and genderqueer individuals challenge us to think about how people are defined and what it means to be who we really are. What constitutes a man or a woman is dictated by cultural norms, and how we identify with a certain gender is more complicated than we think. Gender is a spectrum.
A friend of mine said that you don't have to be gay to be "queer," and I have to agree, but you can't be straight either. Our educated, empathic straight allies claiming "queer" is as deluded as me claiming to be black because I know when the Windrush landed.
We're born with biological sexes that may or may not be male or female, gender identities that may or may not align with them and sexual orientations that are all over the place. How have we come this far in the marriage debate without asking how such suspect delineations could matter?
You could say I'm a gender-bent pansexual polyamorist. Not gay, straight, or bi but something else altogether. My best relationships are with people who are like me: queer and highly sexual, with an appreciation and respect for all the gray areas that human sexuality has to offer.
"What exactly does it mean to be transgender? Why do they want to change their sex? Why can't they just be gay or lesbian?" These are some of the questions I so ignorantly used to think about transgender people. But I am a firm believer that ignorance must always be replaced by education.
Although I think it's important to promote articles that bring up issues surrounding gender variance in a positive light, the twists and turns in Ruth Padawer's reasoning appear more like Dr. Phil, and less like reality.
The FTM (female-to-male) community cannot gloss over the fact that we who are genderqueer and identify as men, dress as men, bind, pack, etc. are not "less-than" because we don't take testosterone. We are not less than any man because of our choice not to have surgery.
Are you male or female? For many people, answering this question doesn't cause a moment's hesitation. But for genderqueer people, this question isn't so easy to answer, and survey research that offers only two gender options may overlook genderqueer people's experiences altogether.
Being transgender, bigender, genderqueer, or however you identify is amazing, and you should never be ashamed of how you identify. There are other people out there just like you who are happy, successful, and looking forward to meeting you! Never give up hope.