With more people opening up about their true sexualities, there has been a surge in the usage of various terms that not so many people are aware of. We understand that it can be difficult to keep up with the changing times.
To make things easier for everyone, we have explained and expanded gender fluidity and gender neutrality. Often used interchangeably, it should come to no surprise that the two mean very starkly different concepts.
Gender neutrality is the ideology of using pronouns like “they” and “them” etc, in place of the standard “him” and “her”. It’s comparatively more complex to use such terms in everyday spoken language. However, encouragingly when making policies and laws – for further equality between the genders and the slow death of discrimination.
Gender neutrality supports public policies that eliminate gender distinctions like gender-neutral bathrooms. It was further proven that gender-neutral laws are helping in changing the custody disputes that occur. Nowadays, men are more likely to gaining custody of their child when in a divorce.
While we do not know where the term originates from, it is establishing itself as a very important part of the LGBT community. However, the term is yet to gain momentum in the Indian society.
It has been gaining intrigue from many people and is especially good as a parenting method. The term is encouraging parents to use gender-neutral clothing, room colours and toys. This is so to not conform their child to the boundaries of society; letting them explore their sex themselves.
There are many reasons why you should accept and put effort to use gender neutrality in your life. This dates back to centuries and millennia where people were hidden from society. Such people have forcibly taken one of the two mainstream genders, feeling unwelcome amongst their people.
With such an ideology, we as a society can widen our circle and accept these other identities.
Gender fluid is one of the many subcategories of genderqueer or non-binary sexuality. Non-binary people are those who may identify as two or more genders. A person who identifies as gender fluid can identify as a male, female or any other form of in-between at any time, place and change this at any rate.
In simpler terms, they are not under any restriction by single-gender identities and can become as limitless as the gay spectrum.
Millennials are said to have conceptualized this term. In around 2014, non-binary identities began to take off and the pride flag came to life. JJ Poole is the designer behind it using 6 well thought out colours to bring the flag together. The flag comprises 6 colours with pink meaning feminity, the white stripe meaning a lack of gender, the purple strip means a mixed gender or being androgynous, the black strip represents all the other genders and the blue stands for masculinity
Gender fluidity as a concept is largely open in the West. A gender fluid camp in San Fransisco Bay was very recently in the news because unlike previous years the enrollment has increased almost 3 times this year. In India, gender fluidity is not as known. Majority of the people are unaware or still confused as to its exact meanings.
They can also be referred to as “they” or “them” just like one would in the case of gender neutrality.
One of the most well-known gender fluid individuals is Ruby Rose – actress in the TV series Orange is the new Black.
In an interview with Elle, Rose explained what gender fluidity was to her: “Gender fluidity is not feeling like you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other,” she said. “For the most part, I don’t identify as any gender. I’m not a guy; I don’t feel like a woman, but obviously, I was born one. So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which — in my perfect imagination — is like having the best of both s**es. I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I’ll put on a skirt — like today”