Welcome to our Gender 101! Did you know 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. Today, you will learn everything you need to about gender. But before we start…
This post WILL include views that will hold different to your own. We will be looking at gender as a whole, which means showcasing that there is more than two genders.
But now that is over, let’s look at what gender actually means. Typically gender is described as Male & Female. More interestingly, it’s all determined when we are born. When the midwife looks between our little legs, they will determine our gender due to whatever is there. So to put it bluntly. Penis = Male , Vagina = Female. Simple right?
But you see, nothing is as that simple. For some it’s great we go through life being cisgender which means that we identify as the gender we are given at birth. But what happens when we don’t identify with this gender identity? Well you see, this is where you’re going to learn.
The reason behind our Gender 101, is open to your eyes to the matter of fact that there is not two genders. We understand that this concept can be daunting and really out there. But, read this post with an open mind & hopefully you will see that gender is more than you ever thought.
Gender 101 – A lesson in gender everyone needs
As shown by Gender Spectrum, Gender is not as simple as we all think. It’s split up into three complex interrelationships:
- Body: Bodies are also gendered in the context of cultural expectations. Masculinity and femininity are equated with certain physical attributes, Labelling 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).
So, already we can see gender isn’t as simple as we first thought. So, the main question is.
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.
Agender isn’t the same as being asexual, in fact it’s completely different and a totally new concept. For more information, why not check out the bustles post all about what agender actually means!
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 or distinctly female persona. Being Bigender is nearly unheard of & when we first came across this gender label, I barley knew it exsisted. So, to gain a further understanding of what being Bi-Gender is, check out the Enby Diaries post all about what it’s like to identify as bi-gender.
Cisgender: A term for people whose experiences of their own gender agree with the sex they were assigned at birth
Demigender: A term for identities that only have a partial connection to a certain gender. When identifying as Demigender, there are an extra two labels attached. Demiboy & Demigirl also come under the demigender umbrella:
- 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.
So, as you can see. Identifying as Demigender isn’t as black and white as we first thought. However, i’m aware we only breifly mentioned what it means to identify as Demigender. So check out this amazing blog post, all about what it’s like to be demigender.
“Treat all genders equal”
Genderfluid: 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.
Gender queer: A person who feels that his/her gender identity does not fit into socially constructed ‘norms’. 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: Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex.
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.
Gender 101 – Did you learn something about gender?
So, within our Gender 101 we have proven that the conventional male & female labels are no longer. They are only a snippet of what gender truly is. As we grow, a new wave of identity labels may rise and that’s ok. We are all growing, developing and time goes on we will understand that gender is a spectrum.
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.