5 thoughts on “SS: Gender TBA

  1. Thanks for this! Good to see you back.
    Gender is a weird term, isn’t it? It seems to have become a political term with lots of baggage.

    “Gender” = “the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). [ahh, there’s the rub!]
    “traditional concepts of gender”
    synonyms: sex
    “variables included age, income, and gender”
    (in languages such as Latin, Greek, Russian, and German) each of the classes (typically masculine, feminine, common, neuter) of nouns and pronouns distinguished by the different inflections that they have and require in words syntactically associated with them. Grammatical gender is only very loosely associated with natural distinctions of sex.

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  2. Wiki tells me:

    Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. Depending on the context, these characteristics may include biological sex (i.e., the state of being male, female, or an intersex variation), sex-based social structures (i.e., gender roles), or gender identity.[1][2][3] People who do not identify as men or women or with masculine or feminine gender pronouns are often grouped under the umbrella terms non-binary or genderqueer. Some cultures have specific gender roles that are distinct from “man” and “woman,” such as the hijras of South Asia. These are often referred to as third genders.

    Sexologist John Money introduced the terminological distinction between biological sex and gender as a role in 1955. Before his work, it was uncommon to use the word gender to refer to anything but grammatical categories.[1][2] However, Money’s meaning of the word did not become widespread until the 1970s, when feminist theory embraced the concept of a distinction between biological sex and the social construct of gender. Today the distinction is strictly followed in some contexts, especially the social sciences[4][5] and documents written by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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  3. Love this – After doing the 30 days of Gender last year, I realise I’m totally gender apathetic. I’m a cis woman, but don’t really care that I am. I prefer gender neutral pronouns and titles simply because my gender really doesn’t matter, and neither does my marital status.

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  4. The way I see it, gender apathetic to gender is the same as atheist to religion.
    Asking someone who is GA which gender they are or identify with is like asking an atheist which religion they belong to.
    Hope it helps

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  5. The way I like to look at it is by substuting gender by religion. So:
    “I am gender ___” -> “I belong to religion ___”
    gender apathic – I don’t believe in god at all, all religions are BU…IT

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