Gender questioning

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« Started consciously questioning at 22, when I had the thought 'what if I wasn't a girl?' and the answer wasn't 'that's ridiculous, I am a girl'. »
Anonymous, 24 (Nonbinary)[1]

See also Questioning.

Questioning gender symbol. The circle of the female (Venus) and male (Mars) symbols, but instead of their prongs, a question mark shape.

Gender questioning is a gender identity under the transgender umbrella. It is a tentative gender identity label for a person who is in the process of figuring out how to describe and label their gender identity, but has reason to think that they might be transgender or nonbinary. Such people may or may not have shown signs of being gender nonconforming or gender variant. Gender questioning is also a label that can be used by nonbinary people who are still figuring out exactly what kind of nonbinary gender they have.

History[edit | edit source]

"Gender Questioning" was among the 56 genders made available on Facebook in 2014.[2]

Kinds of questioning gender identities[edit | edit source]

Exploragender flag.
Pendogender flag.
  • exploragender. "A gender term for those who are constantly questioning their gender identity, feeling as though one gender term in particular [is] never quite right."[3]
  • odysseogender. Coined by anonymous. "Where your gender isn't set in stone right now and you're on an 'odyssey' to find out what it is. Based on the Greek hero, Odysseus."[4]
  • pendogender. A gender for neurodivergent people only. Pendogender describes the state of "never being satisfied with your gender or feeling settled no matter how well it fits due to self-doubt, causing one to compulsively search and seek out something that fits even better. Gender perfectionism. The 'gender' part can be replaced by the closest fitting gender at any time, i.e. pendojuxera or pendo-agender."[5]
  • perigender. Term for a gender identity that isn't currently known to the person, but is becoming clearer as time passes.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. This quote is a snippet from an answer to the survey conducted in the year 2018. Note for editors: the text of the quote, as well as the name, age and gender identity of its author shouldn't be changed.
  2. Eve Shapiro, Gender circuits: Bodies and identities in a technological age. Unpaged.
  3. MyUmbrella (2017). "A Guide To LGBT+" (PDF).
  4. "Odysseogender." Mogai-Archive. http://mogai-archive.tumblr.com/post/93547393934/odysseogender [Dead link]
  5. "Pendogender". 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on 12 November 2020.
  6. https://nandbaremyfavouriteletters.tumblr.com/post/137018189597/perigender-a-gender-identity-that-is-not