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Hey. I just got to thinking and I decided I'd share a little piece of my latest blog and maybe some of you great people here can just lend an opinion. I'll post the whole blog if you want some context but mostly it's just a big ramble.

Labeling always SEEMS to make things easier. It's when I get caught up in labels I find I question myself most.

Pansexual, yes. But who wants to go through all that trouble explaining what that word means?

Am I gender queer? Yeah. I think I am. But is it that big of a deal that I should want to shun my pronouns (what's in a pronoun...) and make up some new ones? For THAT matter, why should I adopt a separate or binary gender? Why can't I morph what I think female is?

So, basically I think what I mean is, since society has made it acceptable for things to be associated with either gender.. If we stop and think, maybe all of us are a bit gender queer to different extents because of gender roles changing over time? Some just lie exactly in the middle of the binary gender line.

Sorry, I'm rambling. This just hit me and I felt like I needed to write it now.

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Personally I'm inclined to distinguish between gender identity and gender expression (and just to clarify, neither of these necessarily has the slightest thing to do with sex, whether chromosomal or phenotypic). In other words, on the gender expression spectrum a "metrosexual" man (whether a cis man or trans man)may be more on the feminine side than a butch woman (whether a cis woman or trans woman), but on the gender identity spectrum the butch woman is more on the female side than the man. And, of course, someone could fall right in the middle of the gender identity spectrum and yet be on one extreme of the gender expression spectrum. I'm not sure how coherent I'm being, but this piece about distinguishing maleness from masculinity might help clarify what I'm trying to say.

[ 07-23-2009, 04:51 AM: Message edited by: NonStraightAnswers ]

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