Variations

 

Though I Vary by Layla So

Through this piece and upcoming series, I’m attempting to shine a brief light on the infinite complexity that is gender and identity. Gender is a tough subject to tackle. There are many varying facets to consider and we have all been culturally conditioned in a way that our first instinct on the subject is almost always wrong. 

Gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation are all independent of one another. People’s sexual orientation doesn’t determine their gender expression. Their gender expression isn’t determined by their gender identity. Those things certainly affect one another but they do not determine one another.

It’s important to mention that many people consider their identity to fall outside of this traditional— and limited—woman to man spectrum. These identities can be called genderqueer, agender, third-gender, bigender, etc.

Feel free to use the comments on this post to discuss, ask questions, or provide different insights. That’s what they’re there for!

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