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Poem: "Umbilical Lines"
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ng_moonmoth From: ng_moonmoth Date: September 9th, 2014 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you very much

>> ooh, *now* I get why this is satisfying. <<

I really appreciate this. As a non-binary individual who must constantly work (hard!) to help others understand that the best description for my gender is "me", I am very much in favor of there being non-gendered presentation options -- even more so when those options are assertive ("My gender identity does not align with your cultural map") rather than negative ("I do not assert any gender identity"). Your gaining the understanding you have is an important step toward establishing a culture I can be more comfortable in, where I have enough presentation options to provide clues about my preferred contexts and forms of communication.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 9th, 2014 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you very much

*high five*

Yay us for helping make progress happen! Crowdfunding for the win!

Gender identity and expression are complex things. Even within the standard "man" and "woman" there are a lot of variations. And then people can be both, neither, I'm-not-telling, mellifluous, or any number of other things. It's good to have options, and to appreciate other people's options.

*chuckle* I ought to introduce you to my Tazha some time. They decided that their tribes of origin had stupid gender models, dumped everything out on the sand, disassembled it, and reassembled it into something they thought would work better based on the interests of people they had in the band at that time. Which does not match what anyone else is doing, but it has held up over the years for the Tazha.
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