Some people think that the androgyny concept doesn't go far enough; because androgyny still reproduces elements of the old false split of femininity and masculinity, it should be abandoned. What we need is not to construct combinations of two false concepts, but to go back to - and forward to - a situation with no split in the first place, a place without a gender dichotomy. The point must be made that keeping the masculine and the feminine apart and separate is what is difficult and unnatural, while keeping them together is simple and natural. We must thus move beyond androgyny, in order to overcome the cultural and social schizophrenia of gender dualism.
So, I'm interested in anything that blurs, transforms or recreates gender, puts a new perspective on gender, or just any weird ideas or expressions of gender. You may thus conclude that I want to deconstruct gender - but that is at best a half-truth, because I'm even more interested in reconstructing gender. Or, more precisely: I'm interested the deconstruction of the current arbitrary and collectivist gender bi-polarization ideology, thus opening the path for reconstruction(s) of gender, in the form of 5 billion or more unique gender identitities. And I'm collecting links to all kind of stuff about this, and that's what this page is about. You'll find the links below. I provide a growing and shifting context of elements; you'll have to evaluate and integrate them yourselves. You must be your own gender dialectician. And if you come up with something new, insightful, creative, weird or otherwise interesting, let me know, and I'll add it to this page.
So far I've only talked about gender (the social and cultural aspects of gender identity), but many people apply all the above to sex (the biological aspects of gender identity) as well. You'll find links to those ideas - and realities - too.
So, let's do it. And if you think you know about an URL that ought to be included here, do tell.
In the last update I added a lot of links to Wikipedia entries -- not because of laziness -- well, maybe it is, but only because those links are more permanent/less prone to become dead links. Wikipedia, of course, is just a starting point for further reading, and they provide a lot of links to other source material.
A Martian's View of Gender
(A similar version of the Martian anthropologist.)
Devoted to the practicalities of ambiguous gender
presentation within a binary gendered society.
The Angel's Dictionary
(Extend your gender vocabulary; know more and see more)
Sex-Gender and Queer Studies
Pinterest Gender Fluidity
Voice of the
Shuttle Gender Studies Page
(Lots of academic links)
(A novel; cyberpunk, horror, genders, sexualities)
Alternative Sexualities in Fantasy and Science Fiction
(Perhaps the most subversive gender radicals of them all)
Jeffery A. Brown:
Gender and the
Hardbodies and the Point of no Return
Vive les Differences!
(Thomas Gramstad examines the Orwellian, collectivist nature of a well-known
and overused catch-phrase - and how to recast it in a way that promotes rather
than hinders individualism)
Donna Haraway: A Cyborg Manifesto and Cyborg Feminism
Philosophy of Androgyny
(I'd call it religion, but anyway)
Differences in Levels of Androgyny as Reflected in Styles of
of Anger in Marital Relationships
(An interesting Master's Thesis, and some good quotes too)
Same Closet, Different Door: A
Heterosexual Sissy's Coming-Out Party
(Allan Hunter breaks into new territory)
(If you need to ask, you need to look)
(In more ways than one, these people introduced concepts of androgyny and queeriness)
Exotic Becomes Erotic
(A Developmental Theory of Sexual Orientation, developed by Daryl J. Bem)
Criticism of EBE Theory by Peplau et al.
Postsexualism and Michel Foucault
(Gives a new meaning to the old adage of "the woman behind the man")
"What's So Funny
About Bisexual Separatism?"
(Do find out)
Theory -- briefly
and concisely explained
(Is gender and sexual orientation identity or performance? Essence or action?)
Rosanne Stone / Sandy
The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto
The Intersex Society of North
(They publish a publication called Hermaphrodites With an Attitude, oppose forced
surgery on intersexual children, and strive to carve out a sex/gender identity for
themselves, outside the man-woman dualism)
Center for Gender
(A refuge from dichotomies, stereotypes, and other madness...)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Androgynous
AVEN - Asexual Visibility and Education Network
An Asexuality Resource Guide by John Schmidt
How A Cuddle Party Taught Me to Stop Worrying About The Kinsey
About Asexuality and the Ace and Aro Spectrum
Sexual Disorientation: A Pansexual Search for Love and Connection
The Pansexual Labyrinth
To Hunt, to Howl, to Love Free: Heather Johannsen on the Powerful
Women of Elfquest
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