Gender spectrum seeks to explain the gender can be explained without necessarily focusing on the binary gender, which is male and female. It explains though using a series of male and female but without identifying them as the absolute. In the recent years the understanding of gender has evolved so much. This is evident in the recent studies that have been done. For instance in the United States A 2015 Fusion Millennial Poll that was done for adults with ages between 18 – 34 years saw that they looked at gender as a spectrum rather than just a binary of man or woman. Moreover, a 2017 Harris Poll that was done for the millennial gave a 12% of the population identifying as transgender or non- conforming to any gender. You can read on here for more information about the gender spectrum.
The question of which gender one is has been more of the external characteristics than the internal. Most communities and societies have a fixed gender understanding being the binary male or female. While this is the most popular way it fails to consider the biological perspective of what gender entails. Despite the fact that there is the known male and female physical traits that are manifested in the genitals, there are differences in the sexual developments that bring out the possibility of having a series of gender. Considering the recent research that have been done, it shows that gender is not only determined using the reproductive functions. The brains has been considered to play a greater role in how one experiences gender. Read the Cade Hildreth blog to get more insight on this topic.
Growing up, the kind of toys, clothing and hairstyles done by our guardians have been shown to point towards a specific gender. This according to the society, they try to keep the children in a box of how to behave according to the assigned gender which is either boy or girl. In the case that they do not respond to that they are likely to face rejection or being forced to the expression of the assigned gender. Due to differences in the preferences of individuals, some children or individuals may prefer to either talk, dress or act not according to the societies’ expectations. One’s character or dressing does not show the persons gender but rather a preference.
Gender identity is more of an internal rather than an external feeling. The physical appearance or way of life therefore does not really matter in understanding the gender of one. The idea that one chooses their gender or can be influenced to be of a certain gender thereby is not real. With the society giving gender a name, it becomes harder for one to name their gender and even have the best way to express themselves. Check out this blog to get enlightened on this topic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender.