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Gender: Transcending the Binary

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Amanda Hutchinson

on 11 December 2013

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Transcript of Gender: Transcending the Binary

Why is this important?
Inclusion of a growing population

Support of opportunities for comfort in self-expression

Promotion of wellbeing

Freedom to maintain yourself as you choose
Gender: Transcending the Binary
The watering can: society
Gender roles imposed on us by our culture from birth:
Men: strong, independent, physical, dominant, breadwinner
Women: weak, dependent, emotional, submissive, homemaker

But what if we don't fit these characteristics or even categories?
But what about people who don't fit the binary?
Androgyny
- "state of perceived gender ambiguity." Neither male nor female (or both?)
Genderfluidity
- embracing two or more genders at different times
Third gender
- identity or expression not defined by male/female or masculine/feminine
Agender
- no gender identity or expression. Often joined with gender neutrality
Genderfuck
- challenging the binary by clashing identities or expression
Transgender
- transitioning between, transgressing, or transcending the binary

Example: Genderfork
Transcending the binary in other cultures
Two-Spirits in many Native American tribes
Hijra in India and Pakistan
the Muxe in Oaxaca
the Fa'afafine in Samoa
the Xanith in Oman
Uranians (19th Century)
Cultural disjunction and transcending the binary
Medical designation of gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder

Sex segregation

Human desire to categorize things
Foundation: Gender vs. Sex
Sex: Biological determination based on chromosomes, hormones, and anatomy
Male, female, or intersex

Gender: Cultural designation based on...?
Identity: man, woman, etc.
Expression: masculine, feminine, androgynous, etc.
by Amanda Hutchinson
Sources
http://www.nonbinary.org/wiki/Nonbinary_gender
http://genderfork.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender(_identity)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-Spirit
http://www.gendercentre.org.au/resources/polare-archive/archived-articles/american-indian-gender-crossers.htm
http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/medicine.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/weekinreview/07lacey.html?_r=0
http://www.totb.org.uk/
http://practicalandrogyny.com/
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20050912_112043_112043&source=srch
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