"gender is a spectrum!" is the "so what are you, like, a 40/60 bisexual? or like what's your breakdown" of gender models

I'm not even saying there's anything wrong with either statement as, like, a rough breakdown of experience ("if gender is a spectrum between male and female, I'm like..."/"if someone who's equally attracted to men and women is a 50/50 bisexual, I'm like...") but both of them are much simpler than the territories they respectively map.

like, how would I answer the "Are you, like, a 40/60 bisexual or what" question? that's just not enough flexibility. like you'd probably rate me as, like, a Kinsey 1 or 2, unless you've heard me talk about butch girls, in which case you'd be hard-pressed to rate me below Kinsey 5. Kinsey's scale did not have "bisexual as in, attracted to gay+ people" in mind

similarly, if "gender is a spectrum" you'd have trouble capturing what I (a woman) have in common with effeminate gay+ men (cis or trans)

I just don't think the answer is either

more (numeric) axes" (e.g., the 'gender unicorn' or 'genderbread person', if anyone here remembers such things) or

novel conceptual schema (e.g., I saw on Tumblr awhile back the suggestion to use 'solar/lunar' as substitutes for 'masc-aligned/femme aligned', & the development from nonbinary people using celestial/inanimate reference points for THEIR gender to people using celestial/inanimate reference points to UNDERSTAND nonbinary gender is what I mean)

and I wanna be REAL careful here: I don't care how you explain your own gender to yourself or to other people. that's not what I'm disagreeing with here. if you're stargender, that's fucking excellent. go off, quing!

but if we zoom out, look at gender as a social system we want to understand, two common approaches to expanding beyond the binary are "we just need a bigger number/more numeric variables," or "we just need conceptual frames which are unconnected to the binary"

I don't like either.

like, if we want to see gender-in-society as connected, as having central principles which help us understand the whole, it is not necessary that those principles be binary... but the gender binary IS central to the process.

the truths we come to understand about nonbinary genders SHOULD relate them with binary genders as part of a social system in connection, connections including suppression/oppression by binary gender frameworks.

heavy, gender-theoretic use of the F-slur 

heavy, gender-theoretic use of the F-slur 

heavy, gender-theoretic use of the F-slur 

heavy, gender-theoretic use of the F-slur 

so, what makes a category that many people understand as "a stereotype about gay *men*" nonbinary?

first of all, heterosexuality explains MOST nonbinary embodiments & ways of being back to itself in binary terms. this is how the gender binary cleans house: by sweeping the enormous space outside of the binary back under the rug whenever it strays out. it creates ways to think about 'true' non-binariness that are impossible, or close: never-gendered androids, mythological intersexed persons with

fully-functional genitalia for both insemination & gestation. those people who, in real life, heterosexual society marks as out-of-line, ideology STILL makes facile attempts to render in binary terms, only so that they can shore up the fiction of only-men-&-women.

we cannot treat the use of 'man' or 'woman' for a person as self-evidence. that would lead to disastrously-incorrect understandings of trans men & women, frequently labeled women & men; sometimes, those labels are self/deceptions.

back to using the F-slur for gender theory 

back to using the F-slur for gender theory 

back to using the F-slur for gender theory 

back to using the F-slur for gender theory 


@byttyrs hi byttyrs it's seven forty five in the morning and I feel like I just got out of a three hour sociology discussion group

this is excellent and I think helps understand the background and fragile identity of straight men who have sex with (a very specific category of) gay men

one day you have to do a thing on the g0ys internet subculture

@io oh my goodness, I hope you don't feel like you've been cramming!! that would be exhausting!!!

I assume you mean 'gays' and not 'goys'? I probably will at some point, lol, even if in little bitchy snippets and vignettes- I have all these opinions, lmao....

@byttyrs nono like in the best way possible. you've distilled a lot down into a digestible thread and it's really good!

I'm actually taking about an internet community of straight men who have (a very particular type of) sex with (a very particular type of) men. they're a good example of what you're describing wrt straight men on grindr, and might be interesting to you because they enforce their own baroque criteria on what sex and intimacy is "gay" and avoid it

@io ... oh my god. 'g0y' is a wholly new term to me, but this is basically the Heroic Homosex dudes, huh?? fuck, thank you for this enlightening search term, this is a TREASURE trove

@byttyrs haha happy to open this can of worms for you

@ScienceBird @io it, like. is? I did only cursory research but 'g0ys' is derived from 'goys' but I can't really figure out Why. I guess they consider themselves outsiders to gays for having... types of gay sex that gays also have, but being gendered in a more conventional way?? it is terribly confused, and deeply reactionary, and I do not understand where the Jewish analogy fits in except that it is probably anti-semitic somehow

@byttyrs @ScienceBird yeah I think you got it, though their justification of the name seems more like a sloppy retcon someone came up with after someone told them that word already signified something already. I don't think they understand the word enough to even be able to use it in an anti-Semitic way, even if they wanted to

but the community is full of cognitive dissonance and contradiction so who knows?????

@byttyrs @ScienceBird yeah this is a DEEP rabbit hole though, my friend wanted to do a whole project on them

@io @byttyrs this sounds like they Managed to find an unironically used term for that joke where two men lie in a bed covered in juices and smoking and go „no homo tho“ „yeah“

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