One does not have to accept the concept of transgender or nonbinary genders, but here Carmen Carrera speaks directly and openly of the experience. One might not agree with communism or socialism, but sensible people will still show human respect for those adherents. Why should those of different gender ideology be treated any less respectfully?
The 1-A aired a segment today on NPR titled “Designing Our World: Clothing Without The Gender Binary.” A transcript does not appear to be available, but the 30-minute segment can be streamed from the 1-A website.
The opposite of ‘masculine’ is not ‘feminine’ nor is the opposite of ‘feminine’ is ‘masculine.’
There are a number of major retail stores with gender-neutral and/or gender-affirmative policies. As USA Today and CBS affiliate KTVT report, it’s not just Target any more but also Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Hudson Bay (Sacks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor), Ross Dress-For-Less, and TJX (TJ Maxx, Marshall’s).
According to the National Institute of Medicine and the American Psychological Association, gender nonconformity (and/or gender diversity) is defined as “the extent to which a person’s gender identity, role, or expression differs from the cultural norms prescribed for people of a particular sex.” A gender nonconforming person does not necessarily see himself or herself as the opposite sex and might or might not be attracted to her or his same sex.
Though often used interchangeably, anatomical sex and psychosexual gender are not the same thing. The American Medical Association and American Psychological Association have adopted a baseline definition of gender nonconformity and this post offers some basic examples of the differences.
Gender equality is harmed, not helped, by toilet legislation and policy, and compelling an individual to use one facility or another is entirely reminiscent of the old-south segregation. In a very real way, it very broadly paints a minority class as dangerous and the majority class as vulnerable.
Gender equality is harmed, not helped, by “all-gender” toilets and, more generally, by gender-segregated toilets. Declaring special toilets for nonbinary persons is, in practice, an insult rather than an accommodation.
I love that this piece about Sebastiaan Vermeulen appears in a gender-targeted venue with a largely heteronormative readership. Philip Ellis and Sebastiaan Vermeulen sublimely and succinctly lay it out for the reader: “In the end, it’s the same you, just a different piece of fabric.”
The Wall Street Journal has this interesting piece on the historical legacy of men’s nightshirts, and their suppression due to evolved Western gender constructs.: Why Some Men Favor Nightshirts Over Pajamas.