Let me preface: I have broached the divisive nature of Gender, of Sex, and human Identity before. I approach it now with profound enlightenment of the many expressed viewpoints concerning Gender, Biology, and the Binary of Heteronormative Systemic Social Theory. Here’s where I draw my conclusions and set to record these experiences and personal reflection I uphold and stand by. As we draw nearer to the next phase of human evolution through social and political and scientific breakthroughs, I will have more to say on the subject as a whole.
From what I have gathered over years of discussion, there are three separate categories inspired by the Gender Spectrum/Construct.
- Cisgendered, Cis/Cishet (of identifying by the Gender/Sex you were born)
- Transgendered/Transexual, Trans (of identifying opposing to the Gender/Sex you were born)
- Non-binary, Enby (of identifying outside of the Gender Binary altogether)
These are not all the included and various forms of each definition prescribed by Authorities and Social Groups and by general representation in the public eye, but it is the summary of the general concept of each characterized Identity based on the Gender Spectrum. I will touch on and offer my thoughts on these three unique categories.
I want to take a moment to generate the official Etymological definition describing the origins and intended context and definition represented by the word “Gender.”
“gender (v.) “to bring forth,” late 14c., from Old French gendrer, genrer “engender, beget, give birth to,” from Latin generare “to engender, beget, produce” (see generation). Related: Gendered; gendering.
gender (n.) c. 1300, “kind, sort, class, a class or kind of persons or things sharing certain traits,” from Old French gendre, genre “kind, species; character; gender” (12c., Modern French genre), from stem of Latin genus (genitive generis) “race, stock, family; kind, rank, order; species,” also “(male or female) sex,” from PIE root *gene- “give birth, beget,” with derivatives referring to procreation and familial and tribal groups.
Also used in Latin to translate Aristotle’s Greek grammatical term genos. The grammatical sense is attested in English from late 14c. The -d- is a phonetic accretion in Old French (compare sound (n.1)).
The “male-or-female sex” sense is attested in English from early 15c. As sex (n.) took on erotic qualities in 20c., gender came to be the usual English word for “sex of a human being,” in which use it was at first regarded as colloquial or humorous. Later often in feminist writing with reference to social attributes as much as biological qualities; this sense first attested 1963. Gender-bender is from 1977, popularized from 1980, with reference to pop star David Bowie.“
Harper, D. (n.d.). Gender. Retrieved from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gender
The word Gender describes, verbatim, the Identity expressed by the Male and by the Female human being. It’s a perspective on what humans process and socialize and reflect upon their Sex as being definitively ‘them’ in the sense of the truest personas. Fashion, hygiene, personality, and environment are the major indicators that support the usage and validation of referencing human beings by their “Gender” Identity.
Academia such as Harvard or Yale or Berkley, major psychological institutions such as the (the strongest institution representing) American Psychological Association, and the Progressive LGBT+ platform in social and political group segments and community all recognize the label “Gender” as a form of legitimate expression that offers tangible explanations and stability for the human mind to adapt to, to hold onto, for the sake of clarity, sanity, and defining tangible human relations between differentiating biological beings.
Gender has been upheld by many in this field of Identity expression as the pursuit of the true human experience, self-satisfaction, and peace of mind.
This article I am presenting contains one argument that I uphold in recognition of the implementation and evolution of this word and its long-held standing as representation for all for many generations:
I believe it’s time we, as a society, no longer platform/advocate for Gender, the word itself, the history, the meaning/definition, and all personal perspective reinterpreting the narrative of ‘Identity’ through it.
I don’t believe this word, and its modern interpretation, represents Male and Female… I also don’t believe it ever really did. It was intended to help describe, not cage, the binary of biology. Biology, in itself, we have aligned in two distinct physical forms through attributes, in body parts, and the mix of chemicals signifying the ability to procreate.
Human behavior, however, is not decided upon by Gender. It is also not even decided through Sex. A Male may experience a different formula of approaching his (using basic pronouns relative to the idea of “Male”) body and the world before him, and a Female would so in turn experience a different formula approaching her (using basic pronouns relative to the idea of “Female”) body and the world before her. Yet, in effect, the personas we are, the people we are, wrapped within the confines of our flesh forms are entirely unisex.
To be a Male, or a Female, is as superficial as it implies; they are just a set of terms that help visualize and reference human beings purely and primarily by the visual and internal systems operating the body alone.
The inspiration of the word Gender and of pronouns and Identity has redefined this formulatic approach to biology in a just as superficial and case-by-case basis of visual and internal representation (the internal representing both psychological and biological factors).
At the root of Gender, one can conclude that Gender doesn’t accurately personify the Male or Female peoples who identify by the Gender formulatic approach by the way Gender is intended to define Male or Female. Being superficial as much as Sex is, Gender is consistently inconsistent in its autonomous labeling system; the gap between one’s persona and Gender is infinitely unpredictable and uncategorical. Cishet, Transgender, and Non-Binary individuals exist to compete and reevaluate the meaning of Gender.
I would like to defragment these major categories.
For instance, my thoughts on Cishet as a label and the impression I have received from the social outlook of what it means to be a Cis person who identifies as they were born is as follows:
Cis/Cishet: The Binary
Heteronormative. Heterosexual. Homosexual. Bisexual/Pansexual. ‘Binarily’ indifferent. Beings dedicated to and by the status of breeding. Identifying by stereotypical and pattern-based behaviors due to circumstances promoted by thousands of years of Social Constructs.
The masses of identities and personas of people have been arranged accordingly in an over-generalized state of existences that all share a singular theme of Heteronormativity. The presumption of prescribing every single behavior of human that isn’t of a dysphoric state.
Cis have been referenced, as an Identity, as nefarious or small-minded; regressive. The Oppression Pyramid of sorts advocated by Progressive standards dictates that these people are a part of the ‘most’ privileged in terms of Gender. This form of bias and prejudice has determined these people as of low-value or in need of Allyship to a cause going beyond their status. If Gender was supposed to do anything for social civility and mutual engagement, the last of intentions were to superimpose the state of being non-dysphoric as a state of inferiority and perpetually ignorant. To be Cis is to be the silent majority that mustn’t hold to an opinion outside of the one given to the inferior Heteronormative status.
This doesn’t represent people, and it, in fact, represents a tool of submissiveness by force. Assuredly, the behaviors of any who are not dysphoric also correlate with those who do not identify as Cis. Behaviors are not conjoint with Identity; many Trans and Non-Binary behaviors can be found similar in many people that dysphoria doesn’t cover or enable in a non-Cis individual. To the point: Much of what is considered to be Cis-exclusive within the Gender Binary and outside of the Gender Binary of Heteronormative standards aren’t relative to Gender and the expression of self as a Male or Female at all. Much of human behavior has been appropriated, categorically, for convenience and social narratives.
Moving on, Transgender is the next phase of Gender experiences focused on people with dysphoria and are expressed as the evolution of a Cis-systematic world. My thoughts on Transgender and the impression I have received from the social outlook and presentation officiated by representatives and individuals with their own distinct stories are as follows:
Transgender: The Othering Binary
Binary-breaking. Heterosexual. Homosexual. Bisexual/Pansexual. Self-discovery and enlightenment. Identifying as your true sex and self through measured personal reflection and perceived biological and interest and fashion and personality receptive traits.
Transgender represents an alignment of thought that proceeds into the next supposed evolution of human progress in Identity. To identify as something beyond your apparent physical form, and to express yourself as what you perceive you are from within. Profound and unheard of, or validation for normalcy long-overdue, the Identity is processed as a statement of solidarity against Cisheteronormative standards.
I, personally, am against this depiction of an extremely difficult, extremely personal, and very liberating process of transitioning from one state of biological being to another that best resembles the chemical, psychological, and physical makeup of elements coinciding with all that one who perceives themselves as the opposing Gender establishes themselves to be. It’s not a Gender to be ‘Trans’; it’s not simply an expression. This is a phenomenon, scientifically recorded and biologically founded, that is essentially human and relative to Intersex properties and conditioned with dysphoria at the basis of causation.
As far as I am concerned in reflection to much of the data and experiences and existing people who have transitioned or are preparing to do so, a Trans person is simply one who is living in a form that is attempting to correct itself of error to reform itself into its proper state of being. The label Transexual, I personally feel, best represents what the Trans experience is.
Lastly, we approach a frontier that is both a highly coveted and desirable form of representation of Gender by the Progressive platform. The state of being neither Transgender (although some identify as Trans) nor Cis. Denying the Gender approach as it stands between Male and Female Sexes altogether. My thoughts as follows:
Non-Binary: The Othering Gender Construct
Binary-breaking. Ace-friendly (Asexuality). All-sexuality inclusive. Experimental. Identity Vacuum. This Identity is the barrier breaker and all-inclusive rainbow of Gender-based personas that detail the exacting feelings, experiences, and expression covered beyond the Cis and Trans Identity binary.
To be Non-Binary is to be experiencing an expression that doesn’t resonate with the standards of Cis or Trans and neither of the Man or Woman expressions. It’s to say that you are more, you identify by something outside of Male and Female, and to express it isn’t entirely possible save when aligning the elements you personify to represent the dysphoria and image of yourself you inherently are. Non-Binary is internal. Non-Binary is external. Non-Binary is personality and fashion and re-envisisoned human behavior all spinning around and around in an unconventional, but necessary, cycle.
The Non-Binary methods of identification are broad as the spectrum is wide. There is an infinite expression whirlpool with a million and more labels that you can develop for your ideal image of expression. I have often compared the limitless effect to this spectrum being much like Pokemon; gotta catch ’em all. There are Genders that can resonate with fire, water, ooze, emotions, and even a conglomerate of other Gender-mixed identities such as Agender, Voidgender, or Trigender that mesh together in a specific or non-specific way but still are represented best by the label that channels the wanted traits. Genders have been rerouted as primarily as forms of Identity expression that can be channeled by one key element or more that you have chosen in the Non-Binary Spectrum.
I once made-out an analogy where I used Heteronormative stereotypes to explain where my grievances on this spectrum/construct lie as follows:
Pink has been coined with Feminine traits. Blue has been coined with Masculine traits. Following Progressive standards, Pink and Blue are essentially the base colors society has determined representing the “Binary Spectrum.” The Non-Binary Gender Construct sees Pink and Blue as accessible colors without Gender connotation, but in parallel also recognizes the meaning/impact of Gender behind these two societal elements. To be Non-Binary, a Non-Binary individual attempts to break Heteronormative standards by reappropriating Pink and Blue distinctively. Often, Pink and Blue make what a Non-Binary person registers as ‘the right mix of Purple’ that best befits them and their expression. Essentially, Non-Binary people tackle the Gender Binary by taking on Binary traits and simply take-on societal stereotypes in a ‘different’ way that suits them best; Purple of different hues and pastels and saturation and depths and heights of sheen that, in the end, doesn’t break the Binary as much it does rearrange it to a personal standard.
I see Non-Binary Gender as a step backwards and a kind of validation that enables the stereotypes presented in societal terms to be reinforced and aggravate the situation and ties between traditional methods of understanding Gender expression and Identity as a whole. It doesn’t supply the resolve that is intended, and the Non-Binary category is as self-boxing and stereotypical as the current Gender Binary most commonly represented. Non-Binary is just, more or less, the extension of the Gender Binary Heteronormative Spectrum itself.
Saying all this, I truly don’t care how you identify and don’t perceive you as inferior or detrimental as a person for identifying as you wish. This is your mind, body, and expression. I am merely critical of the concept and will remain critical in light of the intentions of present actions and expression dictated by this vacuum.
And, on that note, this brings me to my final thoughts on the Gender Spectrum process as a whole.
With this all in mind, I have concluded that Gender is no longer a necessary descriptor of expression. I feel that it detracts from the human experience, and I feel that it’s become a vessel that siphons away your true Identity as a person, personality and all, and drops it into a void stamping you with a label paired with a level of heightened weight placed upon it as an identifier; it often competes with the impact of your own name.
There is only one way to express yourself, and the means of advocating ‘self’ in its truest and most distinguished way is You. The Non-Binary Spectrum, Transgender Spectrum, and Cis Spectrum are all binaries that are nothing more than labels categorizing YOUR behaviors insufficiently. They don’t represent your personhood, and Gender was ever only originally intended to help describe Male and Female Sexes and their personalized ways of expressing ‘self.’
I advocate that we retain biological Identity, Male and Female and Intersex and Trans, as our physiological descriptors, and to remove the Gender connotation from our societal common grounds to nullify the impact and weight of Gender and its importance as a whole. We can even go back and dissect the pronoun category for something better suited, as Language is alive and changing at the will of the people, but I urge you not to place the impact of your person on pronouns either; they are relatively meaningless and don’t decide your personalized expression of ‘self.’
The individual is the Unilateral Binary. The person unspoken on behalf of labels. YOU are your expression; you ARE what Gender attempted to explain.