So, I have been reading lots of blogs about gender identity lately. Perhaps I should just say identity, without tagging it with gender too. It gets so very confusing. I’m going to reiterate my own views here, simply for the sake of hearing my own voice (in typeface, at least), which is – I’d prefer a gender continuum to the gender binary. I don’t give a shit whether you call me sir, ma’am, or, as I’ve frequently encountered, “Are you a man or a woman??” – I just wish people would lose a few preconceptions and that whole rigid binary thing.
Haven’t people noticed that the world is an evolving and surprising sort of a place? Haven’t Thai ladyboys taught people not to make assumptions about genitals? Have the black power movement and feminism not taught us to be a bit more tolerant?
I’ve read stuff by butch lesbians who identify as masculine, some who identify and transgender (but not trans man) – basically I have read a whole bunch of stuff by cis women claiming to be just about every gender you could imagine and a good few you’ve never heard of. I like it. I like it a lot. Whatever challenges the mainstream and general perception is alright by me. Whatever label anyone wants to apply to themselves is worthy of my respect.
I don’t think we need to abolish the binary, just accept that it really isn’t all that there is. I have also been reading a lot of transgender stuff and finding it fascinating too. Some people take the “fuck your gender binary” approach and some seem to be journeying very purposefully towards one end of it or the other.
It all gives the academics a lot to talk about anyway.