Gender 101

There is rumoured to be 63 genders, yes that Is 63 genders. The ‘normal’ male & female gender identities, are no longer the only labels that someone can identify with.  But before we start…

TRIGGER WARNING

This post WILL include individuals that will hold different views to your own. We will be looking at different genders from the conventional ‘Male’ & ‘Female and gender as a whole.


Now that that’s out of the way, let get started by looking at what gender actually is. Typically gender is described as Male & Female. How is this determined? Well… When we’re born, the midwife looks between our little legs and whatever is in our ‘area’ determines our sex.

So if you have a penis, you are classed as male & if you have a vagina, you are classed as female. Simple to understand right? Right.

But if only it was that simple! You see, for some that’s the case and they identify with the gender they are assigned at birth. But for others this is NOT the case & they identify with a different identity.

Now… this is where we may be confusing some of you, you may be shouting out, ‘THERE IS ONLY TWO GENDERS!?!?’ Wrong, this is not the case.

As shown by Gender Spectrum, Gender is not as simple as we all think. It’s split up into three complex interrelationships:

  • Body: Bodies themselves are also gendered in the context of cultural expectations. Masculinity and femininity are equated with certain physical attributes, labeling us as more or less a man/woman based on the degree to which those attributes are present. This gendering of our bodies affects how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive and interact with us.

 

  • Identity: Gender identity is our internal experience and naming of our gender. A Cisgender person has a gender identity consistent with the sex they were assigned at birth. But gender is a spectrum, and not limited to just two possibilities.

 

  • Expression: The third dimension of gender is Gender expression, which is the way we show our gender to the world around us (through such things as clothing, hairstyles, and mannerisms, to name a few).

 

Source: Gender spectrum- Click here for more information

So as shown, gender isn’t as simple as we first thought. It’s a complex and confusing concept that many young individuals struggle with. So what is your gender?

List of Gender Identities A-Z


Agender: Often used as an identification for people who do not identify with of conform to any gender.

Aporagender: A relatively new umbrella term meaning “a gender separate from male, female and anything in between while still having a very strong and specific gendered feeling.”, distinguishing it from Agender.

Bigender: The tendacy to move between masculine and feminine gender-typed behaviour depending on context, expressing a distinctly male persona and a distinctly femalepersona.

Butch: This refers to a person who identifies as masculine (either physically, mentally or emotionally).

Cisgender: When someone identifies with the same biological sex they were assigned at birth.

Demigender: A term for identities that only have a partial connection to a certain gender. Demiboy and demigirl are also frequently used.

Demiboy/Demiguy: Someone whose gender identity is only partly male, regardless of their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a boy or man.

Demigirl: Someone whose gender identity is only partly female, regardless of their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a girl or a woman.

Femme: Someone who identifies as feminine.

Genderfluid:  is a gender identity best described as a dynamic mix of boy and girl. A person who is Gender Fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more boy some days, and more girl other days. Being Gender Fluid has nothing to do with which set of genitalia one has, nor their sexual orientation.

We have recently covered generfluidity, for some real life experiences have a look out our previous posts!

Gender queer: Is most commonly used to describe a person who feels that his/her gender identity does not fit into socially constructed ‘norms’ associated with his/her biological sex. Genderqueer is an identity that falls anywhere between man/boy/male and woman/girl/female on the spectrum of gender identities.

Gender neutral: Another term for ‘agender’: somebody who identifies with no gender.

Nonbinary: Anybody who doesn’t identify as simply female or male.

Polygender: A person who has multiple genders. The genders can either fluctuate or be simultaneously present. Aside of male & female, a polygender persons’ genders can include non-binary as well.

Transgender/Trans: Someone who identifies as a gender other than what they were assigned at birth. We recently covered a varied amount of topics about the trans community, check them out?

Trigender: Experiencing three gender identities, either simultaneously or varying between them. These three gender identities can be male, female and/or any non-binary identities.

Pangender: A non-binary gender defined as being more than one gender. A pangender person may consider themselves a member of all genders.


This list shows that the conventional male & female identity labels, are only a snippet into what gender truly is. There could & will be many more genders out there that we are unaware of, if this is the case & we have missed one out. Drop us a message through our contact page, we want to ensure that all genders are represented and valued as equals.

If you are struggling with your gender identification & this list does not help you identify what you truly are. Then that’s okay, gender is complex & it sometimes can’t be figured out overnight. Give yourself time to understand what you are feeling and slowly but surly things will start to fall into place.


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