Real Talk on “Gender”

To begin just let me say yes this post will have some personal bias however do realize i’m a centrist so i share an even ground in almost all opinions.

my ideology

Keeping that in mind let’s talk about gender.

According to:

Biological Gender (sex) includes physical attributes such as external genitalia, sex chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, and internal reproductive structures. At birth, it is used to assign sex, that is, to identify individuals as male or female. Gender on the other hand is far more complicated. It is the complex interrelationship between an individual’s sex (gender biology), one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither (gender identity) as well as one’s outward presentations and behaviors (gender expression) related to that perception, including their gender role. Together, the intersection of these three dimensions produces one’s authentic sense of gender, both in how people experience their own gender as well as how others perceive it.

Now that we have determined the difference of sex and gender let’s talk about the “Gender Spectrum“; seeing as gender is so complex it would only make sense for a range of possibilities to occur. Going back to the link i just put it says this explaining the Gender Spectrum rather well (IMO):

Western culture has come to view gender as a binary concept, with two rigidly fixed options: male or female, both grounded in a person’s physical anatomy. When a child is born, a quick glance between the legs determines the gender label that the child will carry for life. But even if gender is to be restricted to basic biology, a binary concept still fails to capture the rich variation that exists. Rather than just two distinct boxes, biological gender occurs across a continuum of possibilities. This spectrum of anatomical variations by itself should be enough to disregard the simplistic notions of a binary gender system.

But beyond anatomy, there are multiple domains defining gender. In turn, these domains can be independently characterized across a range of possibilities. Instead of the static, binary model produced through a solely physical understanding of gender, a far richer tapestry of biology, gender expression, and gender identity intersect in a multidimensional array of possibilities. Quite simply, the gender spectrum represents a more nuanced, and ultimately truly authentic model of human gender.

Due to the fact that gender is so complex it has a wide range of terms that come with it. Here is a list put forth by that link once again.

Biological / Anatomical Sex. The physical structure of one’s reproductive organs that is used to assign sex at birth. Biological sex is determined by chromosomes (XX for females; XY for males); hormones (estrogen/progesterone for females, testosterone for males); and internal and external genitalia (vulva, clitoris, vagina for assigned females, penis and testicles for assigned males). Given the potential variation in all of these, biological sex must be seen as a spectrum or range of possibilities rather than a binary set of two options.

Gender Identity. One’s innermost concept of self as male or female or both or neither—how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different than the sex assigned at birth. Individuals are conscious of this between the ages 18 months and 3 years. Most people develop a gender identity that matches their biological sex. For some, however, their gender identity is different from their biological or assigned sex. Some of these individuals choose to socially, hormonally and/or surgically change their sex to more fully match their gender identity.

Gender Expression. Refers to the ways in which people externally communicate their gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, and other forms of presentation. Gender expression also works the other way as people assign gender to others based on their appearance, mannerisms, and other gendered characteristics. Sometimes, transgender people seek to match their physical expression with their gender identity, rather than their birth-assigned sex. Gender expression should not be viewed as an indication of sexual orientation.

Gender Role. This is the set of roles, activities, expectations and behaviors assigned to females and males by society. Our culture recognizes two basic gender roles: Masculine (having the qualities attributed to males) and feminine (having the qualities attributed to females). People who step out of their socially assigned gender roles are sometimes referred to as transgender. Other cultures have three or more gender roles.

Sometimes used as an umbrella to describe anyone whose identity or behavior falls outside of stereotypical gender norms. More narrowly defined, it refers to an individual whose gender identity does not match their assigned birth gender. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation (attraction to people of a specific gender.) Therefore, transgender people may additionally identify with a variety of other sexual identities as well.

Sexual Orientation. 
Term that refers to being romantically or sexually attracted to people of a specific gender. Our sexual orientation and our gender identity are separate, distinct parts of our overall identity. Although a child may not yet be aware of their sexual orientation, they usually have a strong sense of their gender identity.

Gender Normative / Cisgender. Refers to people whose sex assignment at birth corresponds to their gender identity and expression.

Gender Fluidity. Gender fluidity conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender expression, with interests and behaviors that may even change from day to day. Gender fluid children do not feel confined by restrictive boundaries of stereotypical expectations of girls or boys. In other words, a child may feel they are a girl some days and a boy on others, or possibly feel that neither term describes them accurately.

Next up is a list of 76 genders that i found on:

I’ll let you go look through it as copying all those definitions is going to take up a lot of space. To be completely honest i found rather many of them very funny as they are very abnormal in my opinion. Sorry if that offends anyone but a lot of these really shouldn’t exist or be defined. Here are some of the rather stranger ones IMO:

Adamasgender: a gender which refuses to be categorized (HYPOCRITICAL MUCH?)
Anongender: a gender that is unknown to both yourself and others (HOW?)
Apconsugender: a gender where you know what it isn’t, but not what it is; the gender is hiding itself from you (HOW?)
Astergender: a gender that feels bright and celestial (HOW?)
Astralgender: a gender that feels connected to space (HOW?)
Cassgender: the feeling of gender is unimportant to you
Collgender: the feeling of having too many genders simultaneously to describe each one (HOW?)
Condigender: a gender that is only felt during certain circumstances (HOW?)
Exgender:  the outright refusal to accept or identify in, on, or around the gender spectrum (HYPOCRITICAL MUCH?)
Genderblank: a gender that can only be described as a blank space; when gender is called into question, all that comes to mind is a blank space (HOW?)
Glassgender: a gender that is very sensitive and fragile (HOW?)
Molligender: a gender that is soft, subtle, and subdued (HOW?)
Perigender: identifying with a gender but not as a gender (HOW?)
Tragender: a gender that stretches over the whole spectrum of genders
Vocigender: a gender that is weak or hollow (HOW?)

As you can see i asked how on multiple as they don’t quite make sense to me. Personally i’m very aware of myself,  my roles, and my identity so they aren’t a problem to me. If any of you can help me get a better understanding please email me.

THE VIDEO STARTS @ 0:33. Now i know the thumbnail is creepy but i have no control over that so sorry! In this video it states most of my opinions such as:

  1. Being transgender is a mental abnormality / minority (seeing as most of the USA is cisgender)
  2. Gender is not a social construct
  3. I care about facts not “opinions and feelings”
  4. Gender is a sociological theory
  5. Being a transgender shouldn’t make you any better than any other person
  6. They deserve rights but not extra rights
  7. Use your biological gender to determine which bathroom you use (works in most cases)

One thing i don’t agree with calling it is an illness (as he states near the beginning). Personally if you want to get down to the technicalities of yes it will (according to science) be called an illness. I believe its more of a mental awareness of yourself and how you relate to the outside world. Another thing i don’t agree with is getting help for them. If they choose to get help (even though that wouldn’t really work as it’s mental) that’s fine, but seeing as gender is so complex and only they can decide it i would rather not agree with forcing helping on them. It sounds kind of like supporting conversion therapy camps.

The response to this video was very mixed but enough on the bad side that he had to make this response video:

The comments (on both videos) after this video was made became more positive in nature and i’m personally glad they are becoming like this now. Here are some examples:
com 3com 4com 5

He stated these in his comments on both videos and i can 100% agree with what he said.

com 1com 2

As you can see he is very open to debating things and respects all people’s choices like me. Even the transgender and homosexuals who responded said that this was the way to a peaceful coexistence.

In summary I hope you have learned more about gender as a whole and learned why it is so complex and the problem with being politically correct on a subject such as this.


One comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s