Gender expression

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Gender expression is "The way in which a person expresses their gender identity through clothing, behavior, posture, mannerisms, speech patterns, activities and more."[1] Within the gender binary, the two main categories of gender expression are feminine (femininity) and masculine (masculinity). Additionally, a gender expression can be androgynous (androgyny), though there is no agreement on whether androgyny means a lack of gender markers, or a mix of feminine and masculine gender markers. A feminine person isn't necessarily female, a masculine person isn't necessarily male, and an androgynous person isn't necessarily an androgyne or nonbinary.

Femininity[edit | edit source]

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Femininity is traditionally associated with womanhood and girlhood. This can include things like long hair, dresses, floral patterns, softness, long nails. People who present feminine often incorporate things that are associate with femininity into their appearance.

Some gender identities and gender expressions that are usually defined as feminine include femme, demigirl, and trans-feminine[2][3].

Masculinity[edit | edit source]

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Some masculine gender identities and expressions include butch, and by some definitions, boi and demiboy.

Androgyny[edit | edit source]

See main article androgyny.

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Also called epicene.

Some androgynous gender identities and expressions include androgyne, bigender, genderqueer, and intergender, although this depends on the individual's definition.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "LGBT resources: Definition of terms." [1]
  2. NB/GQ Survey 2016 - the worldwide results, March 2016.
  3. "Transfeminine." Dictionary.com. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/transfeminine

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