Saturday, October 26, 2019

Gender Isn't Portable

I was having a conversation on sex vs. gender recently when the person asserting there are all kinds of genders out there said that sex was biology and gender was societal. It occurred to me, then, that gender is not portable over time or location.

Here is a (partial?) list of genders available on Facebook. They include:

  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Bigender
  • Gender Fluid
  • Gender Nonconforming
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Pangender

While you might be able to claim to be Genderqueer in San Francisco in 2017 and Neutrois in Portland in 2019, I don't think you'd get very far telling the people of Nanking in 1928 that you were Pangender. Further, I doubt that any of the above would be recognized as legitimate in Nairobi in any year.

A characteristic that dissolves as soon as you step off an airplane is no characteristic at all.

A characteristic that can vanish next year because society changed its mind is no characteristic at all.

And remember as you watch the hilarious video below, all cultures are equally valid.

1 comment:

Travis said...

Anyone who asserts "gender as social construct" saws the branch off under himself for the trans argument. If gender is purely a social construct, then asserting that you "identify" as a gender that doesn't "conform" to your sex begs the question - if what you identify with is merely a product of social norms, then how can your gender identity possibly be more immutable than your biological sex?

People are literally castrating and sterilizing themselves (and may God condemn them for it, their own defenseless and impressionable children) because they think a gender identity, which lives in the confused tempest of their minds, is somehow more unchangeable than their actual sexual organs - while at the same time actually saying those gender identities are mere constructs of society in the first place!