We are all taught through school, socialization, media, family and other sources that there are two genders right? Nope. Maybe three? Nope. A continuum or spectrum? You got it!
Despite what is show to us every day through advertisements, media and the like there are many variations on gender that change from person to person. Not only that, but this variation along a spectrum applies to more than just gender. As well we can look at gender expression, gender identity, biological sex, and sexual orientation.
Terminology! This might be better explained through info graphics courtesy of Sam Killermann from Its Pronounced Metro Sexual.com:
I invite you to read all of Sam’s post on the inaccuracy of gender binary’s here:
So the point in general is that not only does physical gender exist in a spectrum but all the other variables do as well. As well they are independent of each other, that is your sexual orientation does not determine how you express you gender or what gender you identify with. They are however interrelated or connected. Confused? Read Sam’s post, hes much better at explaining this.
In contrast take a look at this gem of a website to see how media can reinforce very narrow definitions of gender. Its called Brobible, find it here: http://www.brobible.com/
Just looking at the home page can tell you a lot about the definition of male that is being pushed on us. Among the options on the page are:
- articles about sports fandom
- slideshows of attractive women
- the bromunity where you can post about “hook up story” or share party pics
- the best colleges to go to for partying
So men, you need to: like sports, hot girls (defined very narrowly), partying and casual sex. Got it?