Do you know the new terms for describing gender identity?
Did you hear that Facebook recently added 58 new gender options?
NEW TERM: GENDERQUEER
If you don’t related to male vs. female you now have a wide variety of alternatives to describe your gender. (The list is below.)
In addition to one’s gender identity, there is also one’s sexual orientation to consider.
BiCurious, Hetero Leaning, Queer, Heterosexual, Pansexual, Gay, Lesbian… there is another almost endless list of sexual orientations building in the world today.
How peoples’ energy manifests in the world around masculine and feminine should not be confused with their physiology or their sexual orientation.
Gender and sexual orientation are different. And new terms are emerging.
NEW GENDER TERMS TO KNOW
That’s why I want to give you a simple orientation for gender identity that might help you be more politically correct and sensitive to other’s gender identity.
There is a new term called, Genderqueer. It’s all one word and it’s the alternate category to Male or Female.
Male and Female are preferred over Men and Women when talking about gender. And for those people who do not specifically identify with either of those black and white camps, there is now the new moniker, Genderqueer.
Many younger people are able to step beyond constrained gender definitions. They might feel like a combination of male and female. Some don’t identify with either male or female. So Genderqueer is a new third category for people who don’t always identify as their physiologic gender.
This is about your identity, not your body.
Cisgender and cissexual (often abbreviated to simply cis) describe related types of gender identity where individuals’ experiences of their own gender match the sex they were assigned at birth. [Wikipedia]
You could consider male and female to be cisgender and the alternate to be genderqueer.
Now there are two categories of gender identity at the top level: cisgender and genderqueer.
Though it might be confusing at first, understanding and knowing these terms is a considerate, sensitive and modern way to relate to others.
More and more people are transcending the physiologic orientations of our genitals and embracing a more customized way of expressing both gender and sexuality.
What I like most about these new frames is that it empowers an individual to choose what feels most right for them.
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This is a subject for group discussion. What do you think?
** Facebook’s New Gender Identity Options: