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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

What is bi-gender?

You may have noticed my blog byline "Musings from a bi-gender mind" and perhaps wondered just what bi-gender means.  Bi-gender is a category of gender identity, and gender identity itself refers to a person's private sense of, and subjective experience of, their own gender.  In my experience, I associate myself with the bi-gender identity.

Bi-gender: A bi-gender person is a person who feels that their gender is both fully (or largely) male and fully (or largely) female,  generally by switching between the two.  For some people, the switch is between two very distinct genders, which some consider to be separate "facets" or "personas".  For others, the switch is much more fluid, with more grey area.

This is very close to describing me, but not quite the perfect description.  I would rate it as 9 out of 10.

The only other gender identity category of any relevance to me is androgyny, but as a whole, I regard bi-gender as most befitting of who I am. 

Androgyny or Androgynous (aka Ambigender): A person who does not fit cleanly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society.  Often identify as being mentally "between" woman and man, or as entirely genderless.

To a degree this does partly describe me, in particular because I do have some difficulty fitting into either masculine or feminine gender roles.  But the main reason I rule out this category as best describing me, is that androgynous people usually identify themselves as neither male nor female.  I however feel that my gender identity is both male and female.  At times, I am very "guyish" in my mood, while at other times quite "girlish".  But in each case I quite clearly identify as one or the other, and not as neither.  Physically, I am male with some female traits. I'm very slim, my legs and arms appear very feminine, and my voice is not typically male.  I think most people seeing me from a distance do not know whether they are looking at a man or a woman, but up close they have no trouble recognising me as a man. When I was younger I was asked several times over the years whether I was a boy or a girl.  I would rate this category as 2 out of 10.

There are of course numerous other categories of gender identity, including Co-gender (aka Two-spirit), Genderqueer, Queer Hetrosexuality, Gender Diverse (aka Sex Diverse), Third Gender (aka Third Sex), Transexual, Trans Man, Trans Woman, Trigender and Hijra, but none of these categories would rate more than 0 or 1 out of 10 from me, so I won't be writing much about them!

Transgender is also regarded by some as a gender identity, but that is becoming an outdated viewpoint.  These days transgender is used as a blanket term to describe all gender identity categories, as well as some gender-related behavioural elements, such as Transvestism and Crossdressing.  In this regard, I am also transgender, both because I have a bigender gender identity, and because I crossdress.

I hope I haven't confused anyone!  Put simply, I am a bigender crossdresser.

So welcome to my new blog, A Crossdressing Kiwi.

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