Gender Identity on Movellas

by , Thursday July 27, 2017
Gender Identity on Movellas

Gender Identity on Movellas

A closer look at the ideas behind gender and how this manifests on Movellas



Those who have been on Movellas for a long time might not have noticed a small but significant change in the profile settings. Half a year ago, we added additional gender options to more closely reflect the wishes of our Movellians, both old and new.


Being met with only the choice between 'Male' or 'Female' does not reflect how many people see gender now, and of course we don't want anyone to identify as something they are not.


You may know a lot about gender, identity, and how they connect, but if you wonder what all this gender talk is about, and why some people don't identify as males or females according to their bits, there are great websites that go into detail as to why.


Paula Cody: Trans/lation: An introduction to gender identity


The short version is that sex is biological. A certain percentage of the population identify with the male sex, another large percentage identify as female, and less than half a percent of adults in the US have a mix or none - these biological variations are called intersex. If you think this means that it's rare, think again. Realistically there are as many intersex people as there are redheads.


So that is the genetic part. Now, gender is something that is different from sex. Gender is formed by the expectations, ideas, and pressure that society puts on people according to their male and female biological expression. An example hereof is the current idea that pink is a "girl" colour. A hundred years ago, pink was seen as a "male" colour, so it shows how the idea of gender changes with society. The biggest societal pressure on humans is that they must perform gender according to their biological sex.


In reality it just doesn't work that way. Some people are happy to have a male biological sex and express it in ways that society has decided is "male." Some intersex people are happy that doctors and parents have decided for them at birth and had a sex reversal, some, clearly, are not, and refuse to conform to the choices others made for them. (Those whose gender and sex were assigned at birth are called 'cisgender', by the way.)


Some people are not the same gender as their biological sex, but the opposite. Some do not feel at all as entirely female, or entirely male. Some don't feel like a gender at all. Some feel female some days, male other days. Some have gender identities not familiar to many white Westerners, and sometimes those identities can seem very far away from what the white Western person perceives as gender. It is important to remember that we do not have to understand a thing or idea to accept it as valid.


American Psychology Association: Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression


Because the view on gender and sex has changed, so has Movellas. We have changed our settings to reflect that we support and appreciate all genders. We don't have an unlimited number of options, but we recognize that there is a need for the option to identify here as other than male or female. Under the 'Other' option, we have a short list of additional choices which will be updated and elaborated on as we move forward into a future we would like to be more accepting and diverse when it comes to gender identity.



Read more Transgender-themed stories on Movellas <3

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