Gender is Not Binary

he gender binary is the artificial division of the world into things that are "masculine" or "for men" and things that are "feminine" or "for women". One of the starkest ways to think of this is to consider the phrase "opposite sexes/genders" (as opposed to "different sexes/genders"), when both men and women are human beings with fundamentally many more commonalities than differences.

The division is artificial in several ways:

  • much of it is very clearly socially constructed. For example, the association of pink with girls and blue with boys is of comparatively recent origin and is purely a fashion, albeit a very pervasive one.
  • the division of people into two genders is also artificial
  • most individuals of any gender have a mix of traits and preferences that are associated with both sides of the gender binary



  • Gender binary fractal: within any activity or discipline already identified as "masculine" or "feminine", subparts will have identifications too. For example, in geekdom (broadly masculine), there's computer geeking (more masculine) and fandom (more feminine). Within computer geeking there's programming (masculine) and interface design (feminine) and within fandom there's 'hard' sci-fi fandom (masculine) and media fandom (feminine).


Interesting concept from feminist and homosexual literature. The scientific point of view on this is that human males and females are dimorphic to various degrees.

Folksonomies: gender sexuality equality

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 Gender binary
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  geekfeminism, (2013), Gender binary, Geek Feminism Wiki, Retrieved on 2013-11-18
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  • Folksonomies: feminism gender identity


    18 MAY 2015

     Gender is Not Binary

    Gender is Not Binary > Cause and Effect > How Gender Bias Impacts Men
    Folksonomies: gender
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