Monday, March 11, 2019

Jamie Shupe: "I Was America's First 'Nonbinary' Person; It Was All A Sham"

"Non-binary" is neither a sex nor a gender. In the case of sex, the term for borderline cases is 'intersex(ed)'; in the case of gender, it's 'androgynous.' Though the main problem--obviously--isn't terminological. It's that Shupe isn't intersex, and nobody puts actual genders on official documents. So it makes no sense that the medical and legal professions would humor him like they did--as he himself notes. Someone who genuinely doesn't fall cleanly into either sex ought to have that recognized on relevant legal documents--what, after all, is the alternative? But the government doesn't recognize genders--it doesn't care whether someone is masculine or feminine or androgynous. It should have no interest in such games of gender roulette. (Another problem, of course, is that everybody constantly botches the sex/gender distinction now...)


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