Asexual, Not a Sexual made some sets of informative business cards about sexual and pronoun preferences. I can’t help but find them a bit silly:
I had to reblog this again because I was just making up a practice exam for my statistics students and one of the questions involves a two-way classification of male and female employees and whether or not their employer offers them health insurance. Imagine the difficulty level of statistics if we included every single gender there apparently is. We would end up with approximately a nine-way classification, and if we included otherkin, that would be ten. If we included every species of otherkin, the classification table would be near endless.
I thought about the notion of just a classification table with the options of Man, Woman, and Other, but then some people would get offended by not having their own category and being grouped into the term “Other”, stating that it’s another example of cisgender/trans*privilege.
Then I thought about how apparently 1% of the world is affected by this, yet it seems like so much more because tumblr seems to be home to people claiming they are neither male, nor female, nor human, or anything at all. Where is the line drawn here? I mean, does anyone really look at a Statistics problem and say that it’s cissexist? Has anyone even tried to look for a way around things like this? What about applications you fill out?
Heck, I believe people can be whatever gender they want to be, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere with regard to labels. We have men, women, trans* people who also identify as men or women, but then we have people who say they are both genders or neither. What makes a person a woman or a man anyway? I’m genuinely curious because being transgendered seems to be the only one that makes logical sense to me from a standpoint of basic functions in society; it seems like there are fine lines between being agender, genderqueer, and bigender. Then, when people decide those labels don’t fit, they will make up a new one. (I’m looking at you, otherkins.)
This isn’t an attack on anyone; I’m genuinely curious from a mathematical and logistical standpoint.