How many Genders are there?

city-lightsHey, come take a seat!  It seems like the internet is… How do you put it? In uproar? As usual, people have drifted into opposing camps, and I’m left feeling a little left out :(.  So, Here’s my 2 cents. I feel compelled to share, or I won’t find any peace. Anyway, come on in. Leave your labels at the door. We like to do things a little differently around here.  I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, or push an agenda. How is it that every group feels like a victim? My family is religious and rather opposed to many, many things I do. But I still love them (most of the time!). it’s sad to think such silly differences can tear us all apart.

It’s almost as if having an opinion that disagrees with the march of the latest mumbo jumbo is somehow unnaceptable. I could care less. So, with that being said, Let’s get to it! Some people insist that there are only 2 genders. They are not entirely right (rather, 2 ‘poles’). Others say that there are ‘millions’ (or 63, apparently. How oddly specific…) or that gender is merely a social construct and so on. There is some truth to most of these things. Part of what we consider male and female is cultural. Some of it is not. Gender roles vary from culture to culture, and from era to era. Some of it is frankly rather bizzare.

For example, homosexuality and the like wasn’t a big deal to older most of the older cultures. (as for me, I just shrug. I’ll do my thing, you do your thing.) and hermaphrodite is a very, very old term for a reason. Traditionally there were entire social classes of these ‘gender deviants’ (google will serve you well). Eunuchs, for example. And it gets stranger: According to Classical Judaism there are 6 genders! Yeah, so what, right? Well, how about this: In some parts of the world people who were born as a certain gender suddenly start developing sexual characteristics of the opposite gender at puberty? Why? I have absolutely no idea! And that’s why it’s so interesting. (Not to mention intersex people who seem to get shoved under the rug.) Perhaps some of you might find this intriguing

Why did people suddenly decide that these things never existed? It shows a staggering amount of short sightedness! These things have only been suppressed in recent years, which is incredibly unhealthy. And now it all comes apart at the seams. Like anything suppressed. Some people will mention Sexual Chromozones at this point and attempt to say that a male has XY and a female. That’s yet another cultral myth. If only it were that simple. Have a read of this.

That binary model can’t cut the mustard when faced with reality..  shades of grey start flooding in. I’ve been studying eastern philosophy and discovered the west has this massive problem where it tries twist the world to fit into black and white, and will cut away until it fits. You get paradoxes and seeming contradictions because the mindset insists that something must be one or the other. When in reality the world is anything but. Things are a matter of degree. I can’t get this line out of my head, even after all these years: “opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree” The Kybalion.

Mind you, it might take you a while to wrap your head around this. Or maybe never. It’s something I’ve taken years to get my head around. So instead, let me say this: Take hot and cold. You can go from a gentle chill to absolute zero, up to The Blazing inferno on the sun itself back to a gentle sizzle. And where does cold end and heat begin? You can’t.

Gender is like that as well. That’s androgyny. Think  Gender as a scale or spectrum and you’ll be on the right track.


Oh, If I can indulge in a little personal rant on the wacky symbols people have cooked up despite the fact that symbols already exist. Grumble grumble grumble. I feel old at times like this. Okay, that’s my rant for today. Cmon people, it’s silly.  In the end, The binary model needs to be scrapped. We also don’t need to invent a million labels. It isn’t healthy. People need to learn a sense of self that comes from within. Gender ‘deviancy’ Isn’t new. As King solomon says: there is no new thing under the sun.” Anyway, I’m tired now. See ya round.


4 thoughts on “How many Genders are there?

    1. Yeah, It kinda does.

      Uhh, You probably missed it because of an…. *ahem* “unfortunate” looking thumbnail that somehow ended up there. When I find out why wordpress is so infuriating I’m going to strangle someone (not really)


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