September 29, 2013
Genderf*ck? There’s a label for that…
Hattie Lucas’ article last week got a lot of attention. For those of you who got a bit lost in all the labels being thrown around, here’s a quick guide.
This is the easy bit. Someone’s sex is the male or femaleness of their private parts. Vagina and boobs – BANG, female sex. Penis and balls – male sex.
So what’s the difference between gender and sex? Well, gender is more of a psychological concept. It’s the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with a sex.
This is where things get interesting. People who identify as genderqueer typically identify with traits of both the male and female genders. If there were a scale with male on one side and female on the other, they’d fall somewhere in the middle.
Genderfuck is a similar concept, whereby the person deliberately defies gender norms by sending mixed messages about their sex.
Bigender people fill the full spectrum. They identify as fully male and female, generally switching between the two.
Agender is the term to describe people who don’t have a gender at all, or prefer to identify as a person rather than a gender.
This is when someone’s gender doesn’t match their sex. Trans* people may identify with any of the above labels, or simply as male to female trans* (mtf) or female to male trans* (ftm). In this, the person may seek to transition, thereby altering their sex to match their identified gender. This can be done with hormones and surgery.
Being intersex involves a variation in sex characteristics. This throws the above definition of sex out of the window, as intersex people are often born with the sex organs of both male and female sexes. Their chromosomes may also vary on the traditional XY – male and XX – female. Often, intersex people are operated on at birth to ‘correct’ their sex. This can result in the person finding their gender doesn’t align with their sex. They may have this corrected in later life. Other intersex people may not have had surgery in childhood, and later opt to have it in adulthood. Some are raised in one gender and later identify as another. Others may describe themselves as agender, bigender, genderfuck or genderqueer.
Labels, labels, labels…
Sometimes it’s best to leave the labels on the soup cans, as the cliché goes. The strip below is a personal favourite in this regard.
Lesbilicious at Bent Double, Brighton
Lesbilicious review of gay-friendly comedy night Bent Double in Brighton. We found out what people were doing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
June 6, 2012