EXPLAINING NON-BINARY AND BINARY
Gender can be a confusing topic especially when it is not something you grew up talking about. You might not know anyone who is non-binary or you might not understand what it even means. Society is becoming more aware and accepting of the different ways people identify themselves as and it’s about time we all start understanding what it all means.
Non-binary is someone who identifies their gender as being something different than male or female. Consider themselves gender fluid, genderless or something else all together. Sometimes being transgender can be considered as non-binary. There’s a wide range of how people identify their gender.
Gender identity reflects on someone’s internal sense of being. Wether it is male, female, a combination or neither. It is about how someone perceives themselves and how they want to be seen by others. It’s different to sexual orientation because that would refer to a human’s biology.
Gender binary is the idea that there are only two genders, male and female. That since there are only two sexes that there should only be two genders. This notion is flawed because the biology of sex can be more than two ways. You can have XX, XY, XXY or XO chromosomes. So your chromosomes can’t entirely determine ones sexual anatomy.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF NON-BINARY GENDER
Non-binary is used to describe gender identities that differ from being only male or female. There are many types that are important for us to know and understand.
Non-binary: A person that does not identify with being strictly male or female.
Off the binary: An individual whose gender doesn’t go with the female or male spectrum.
Genderfluid: A person whose gender moves around from male-female binaries or outside of it.
Genderqueer: Individuals with a non-binary gender.
Agender: Someone who does not identify with any gender or believes that gender is not important.
Bigender: Someone who has two genders.
Historically, cultures around the world have realized that there are other genders than just male and female. Today we are able to express a wider spectrum of gender identity in our vocabulary. Society is growing and evolving and we need to educate ourselves on things we don’t understand.
“Instead of saying that all gender is this or all gender is that. Let’s recognize that the word gender has scores of meaning built into it. It’s an amalgamation of bodies, identities and life expereinces, subconscious urges, sensations and behaviors. Some of which develop organically and others which are shaped by language and culture. Instead f saying that gender is any one single thing, let’s start describing it as a holistic experience.” –Katie Bornstein
Article by Katie Chaplin