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Gender Non-Binary Language
Gender is between your ears
The gender list is endless. It represents female, male, gender varient, cisgender, gender fluid, intergender, gender questioning, etc.
Gender is a complex construct that is determined culturally as well as biologically (Purves, Augustine & Fitzpatrick et al., para., 2001). Gender refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex. Behavior that is compatible with cultural expectations is referred to as gender-normative; behaviors that are viewed as incompatible with these expectations constitute gender non-conformity (APA.org, 2011).
According to Whitney (2002), “Our society commonly uses the equation gender=sex. This is a naive and oversimplified statement. It further categorizes individuals by way of black-and-white, unrealistic standards. It is difficult for most people to understand that individuals exist who identify as men with vaginas and women with penises. Therefore gender and sex aren’t interchangeable terms. The difference is as simple as that between the mind and the body. Where gender is a device used for identification of the mind and emotions, sex is about biology and comfort within one’s own body.”
Within this list is, “…Trans which includes anyone whose gender identity or gender expression are different than the stereotypes associated with their sex at birth”. (transadvocacynetwork.org, 2015).
One theory by John Money, one of the nation’s pre-eminent sex researchers who pioneered the study of gender identity stated, “We shouldn’t ask whether it’s heredity or environment; that was a 19th-century way of looking at it. Today we know it’s both,” Dr. Money said in a 1982 article in The Sun. “It seems that every child is born with some predisposition to go both ways. Which way it will finally go is determined by its environment” (Brewington, 2006).
Do you agree or disagree with Money’s theory?