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Neurogender is an umbrella term to describe when someone's gender is somehow linked to their neurotype, mental illness, or neurological conditions. There are many different neurogenders related to most, if not all, neurodivergencies. Not everyone who is neurodivergent has a neurogender, but each neurogender is exclusive to certain neurotypes. Oftentimes there are similar terms available to neurotypicals who have similar experiences and don't wish to appropriate.

Many neurogenders can also be categorized as xenogenders, as they are not related at all to the concepts of male and female.

List of Neurogenders[edit | edit source]

There are many kinds of neurogenders, some of which are only for people with certain neurotypes. This list is in alphabetical order.

Affectugender[edit | edit source]

Affectugender flag created by Kiloueka.[1] The flag design was created to represent fluctuating moods (yellow (happy/manic) to blue (sad/depressed) and yellow to red (anger).

Affectugender (coined by witchtao[2]) is defined as a gender that is affected by one’s neurodivergency especially fluctuating moods, e.g. feeling like a boy during depressive episodes and feeling more like a demigirl during happy/manic episodes. This is under the neurogender and xenogender umbrella categories of gender.

Keywords: Depression, mood disorders, bipolar, BPD

Anxiegender[edit | edit source]

Anxiegender flag created by tumblr user pride-flags-for-us[3]

Anxiegender: A gender affected by anxiety.[4] Keywords: Anxiety

Autismgender[edit | edit source]

Autigender flag created by noitspronouncedgif.[5] The black infinity symbol refers to the rainbow infinity symbol that means neurodiversity.

Autismgender or autigender. A gender identity with which some nonbinary people with autism choose to use to describe themselves. (Autism is a relatively rare neurological type that has distinctive challenges and advantages compared to more common neuro-types, especially in regard to social skills, sensory processing, and learning abilities. This makes it a disability, but it is also natural, healthy, and lifelong from birth. It is not something broken, and it cannot be cured. It is part of the diversity of kinds of people, like being left-handed or gay.) Coined on or before Aug 25, 2014 by Tumblr users autismgender and esperancegirl. They defined it as "autism as part or whole of gender identity; a gender that can only be understood in context of being autistic." When your gender experience is influenced by or linked to your autism, or your understanding of the concept of gender itself is fundamentally altered by your autism.[6] In the 2019 Worldwide Gender Census, 0.59% (66) of the responses called their gender identity autigender, autgender, autistic, or autiqueer. Several of these included explanations from the survey respondants that they meant that autism was their gender, or had a significant effect on their understanding of gender.[7]

Similar or related: fascigender

Bordergender[edit | edit source]

Bordergender or Borderfluid a gender identity experiences exclusively by people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Bordergender people, although they still experience gender, have trouble pinning it down to just one label or identity. Bordergender people tend to be constantly questioning because they keep second-guessing themselves, including their sense of gender.

Caedogender[edit | edit source]

Caedogender flag created by Kiloueka.[8] The flag design was created to look like the colors representing certain genders were being "cut out" by the gray bars.

Caedogender, or Caedgender is defined as a gender which has been “cut away” by a traumatic event. A gender that was once felt but has been damaged or lost due to trauma.

Keywords: PTSD, trauma

Catgender[edit | edit source]

Catgender flag created by Kai (hueningafton on twitter)

Catgender is defined as "An identity that is used for autistic individuals, as well as people who may experience delusions relating to being a cat/feline and/or experience species regression" or "to describe a gender that feels feline".[9] It is intended as an umbrella term, covering other cat-related genders such as meowgender, nyagender, kittengender, kittygender, etc.[10] While the coiner has said that anyone may use catgender, she also said "it is STRONGLY preferred that neurodivergent individuals identify with it".[11]

See also felidaegender.

Cavusgender[edit | edit source]

Cavusgender flag created by Dawnrunner.[12]

Cavusgender is defined as a gender for people with depression. You feel one gender when not depressed and another when depressed. The gender felt whilst depressed can be attached as a suffix (eg cavusboy, cavusgirl, cavusnonbinary, cavusace.)

Cloudgender[edit | edit source]


Cloudgender is defined as a gender which cannot be fully realized or seen clearly due to depersonalization/derealization disorder. This is a kind of neurogender.

Keywords: depersonalization, derealization

Commogender[edit | edit source]

Commogender (coined by transmomoi[13]) is defined as a feeling that one is definitely not cisgender, but is unable to define what their gender is due to mental exhaustion. May be used as commoboy/commogirl if the person identifies with a binary gender for convenience.

Keywords: stress, exhaustion

Corugender[edit | edit source]


Corugender or Flashgender (coined by gmaora[15]) is defined as a gender identity that changes during and around flashbacks.

Keywords: PTSD, flashbacks

Cyclogender[edit | edit source]

Cyclogender: Describes a bipolar person whose gender identity is tied to what type of episode (manic, hypomanic, depressive, mixed, etc.) they are experiencing at that moment. Keywords: Bipolar

Divigender[edit | edit source]

Divigender: A feeling that one’s gender is split or divided due to a dissociative disorder. Keywords: DID, dissociation

Endospectrum[edit | edit source]

Endospectrum: (coined by Dawning) A person whose experience of any or all areas of gender, orientation, any kind of attraction, or expression is in some way and to some degree formed or influenced by their being somewhere on the autism spectrum (Aspergers/Aspie, ASD, etc.)

Fascigender[edit | edit source]

Fascigender flag created by noitspronouncedgif.[16]

Fascigender (coined by autisticjakeenglish[17]) is defined as a gender experience largely related to an autistic special interest.

Keywords: autism, Asperger's syndrome

Foggender[edit | edit source]

Foggender flags created by Kiloueka.[18] The flag design was created to resemble fog masking over the colors representing certain genders.

Foggender (coined by autisticlynx[19]) is defined as a gender which is close to a certain gender, but cannot be directly pinpointed due to brainfog (a lack of concentration or wakefulness associated with ADHD, fibromyalgia, depression, etc.) Foggender is a kind of neurogender.

Keywords: Brainfog, ADHD, depression, bipolar, fibromyalgia

Genderanxious[edit | edit source]

Genderanxious: A gender that is undefined because the act of finding a label, or of having a gender, is a trigger for anxiety. Keywords: Anxiety

Genderdisordered[edit | edit source]

Genderdisordered: A gender that is heavily influenced by, or unable to be defined because of disorganized thinking or a thought disorder.

Genderfake[edit | edit source]

Genderfake: Feeling that your gender is part of your hallucinations or delusions. Keywords: Schizophrenia, delusion, hallucination,

Gendermute[edit | edit source]

Gendermute. A label for selectively mute people, which describes a gender that can only be expressed at certain times, in safe environments. Keywords: Selective mutism, autism,

Genderwhat[edit | edit source]

Genderwhat. Being unable to understand the concept of gender or of having a gender due to neurodivergence.

Illusogender[edit | edit source]

Illusogender flag created by Kiloueka and funCatty.[20] The graphic on the flag was designed to look like the famous rabbit/duck illusion.

Illusogender. Coined by anonymous. When you know you’re a certain gender, but there’s still the feeling of ‘fakeness’ there, either due to neurodivergency and/or due to outside pressure from parents, society, etc. These feelings and/or pressures can be part of the gender experience.

Imnigender[edit | edit source]

imnigender A gender defined by anxiety. Not “your gender makes you anxious” so much as “anxiety is your gender”. Keywords: Anxiety

Kynigender[edit | edit source]

kynigender: A gender which is not able to be pinpointed due to the stress of the questioning process, triggering anxiety. Keywords: Anxiety, stress

Lipsigender[edit | edit source]

lipsigender A gender which, when thought about, triggers bouts of depression. Keywords: Depression, bipolar

Ludogender[edit | edit source]

Ludogender flag created by pridearchive.[21] The stripe meanings are: Blue: Masculinity, Purple: Nonbinary, Pink: Femininity, White: Lack of gender , The circle in the middle represents one’s “core” gender. The stripes are vertical and mirrored to represent the mirroring aspect of ludogender.

Ludogender (coined by anonymous) is defined as a gender which has a core, but the individual mirrors (copies) the genders of other individuals. A neurodivergent only gender.

Maestusgender[edit | edit source]

maestusgender: In which the individual’s brain chemical imbalance obscures, masks, or otherwise distorts their self perception and stunts their ability to determine gender identity.

Narkissisgender[edit | edit source]

Narkissisgender flag created by Kiloueka.[22] The flag design was created to resemble a narcissus flower aka a daffodil.

Narkissisgender: (coined by furryhell) is defined as an egotistical gender, viewing itself in a high position and wanting and/or needing praise. should only be used by those who have narcissistic personality disorder. "Gender" can be replaced with fluid, boy, girl, xirl, boi, nonbinary, enby, nb, etc. The synonym of this word that can be used by people who don't have narcissistic personality disorder is egoisgender.

Keywords: Narcissism, NPD

Nesciogender[edit | edit source]

Nesciogender or Nesciōgender flag created by crypticprinxe.[23] The flag design was created with mint green colors to represent neurodivergency and the circle in the center is meant to place other flags inside.

Nesciogender or Nesciōgender: (coined by princetzimisce[24]) is defined as a gender one is not completely sure of due to one’s neurotype disallowing a clear understanding of the concept, but has a vague sense of what it could be; i.e. nescioboy, nescioagender, etc.

Nologender[edit | edit source]

Nologender or Nōlōgender: A term for neurodivergent people who have difficulty grasping the concept of gender. Distinct from nesciōgender in that the individual has no particular desire to investigate their gender, as doing so is overly difficult due to their inability to understand the concept of gender.

OC-Gender[edit | edit source]

OC-Gender, O-Gender, or C-Gender: A set of gender identities that are heavily influenced or defined by one’s OCD. The variations describe a feeling that one’s gender is influenced or defined by obsessions only, by compulsions only, or by both obsessions and compulsions. Keywords: OCD, OCPD

Pendogender[edit | edit source]

Pendogender flag created by pastelmemer.[25]

Pendogender is defined as never being satisfied with your gender 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. For neurodivergent folks only, coined with people with anxiety disorders, OCD, and OCPD in mind.

Keywords: OCD, OCPD, anxiety

Posigender[edit | edit source]

Posigender or Negagender: A feeling that one’s gender is defined by or influenced by positive (posigender) or negative (negagender) symptoms of their schizophrenia. Keywords: Schizophrenia

Robogender[edit | edit source]

Robogender: Has two definitions. A. Neurogender for neurodivergent people "who feel a bit robotic and take comfort in it".[26] B. Not a neurogender: for "people who feel like theyre deeply attached to robots gender-wise"[27]

Shkizeingender[edit | edit source]

Skhizeingender: A gender that is strongly connected to schizophrenia, or having a gender that is difficult to describe or communicate because of being schizophrenic. This term is exclusive to individuals with schizophrenia or schizophrenia related symptoms. Pronounced: sk-heez-ein-gender Keywords: Schizophrenia

Systemgender[edit | edit source]

Systemgender: A gender which is defined as a sum of all the genders within a multiple or median system. A nonbinary gender experienced by members of a multiple and/or median system. Other systems can also come up with names. (i.e. headmates all have different nonbinary genders but are looking for something to describe the gender of the system as a whole.) Keywords: DID, multiples,

Systemfluid[edit | edit source]

Systemfluid: Genders that change depending on who’s fronting. Keywords: DID, multiples

Traumatagender[edit | edit source]

Traumatagender, Traumatgender, Trautgender, or Trauatgender: (Coined by furryhell) A gender that varies; it can change a lot, it could be unknown, it could just be there, it could be nonexistent, etc. Whatever it is, it was based from intense trauma. Should only be used by those who have experienced or are going through what they consider intense trauma. Keywords: PTSD, trauma

Vaguegender[edit | edit source]

Vaguegender flags created by neurodivergentkin and strangegloved.[28]

Vaguegender, or Gendervague (coined by neurodivergentkin and strangegloved[28]) is defined as a gender identity that is highly influenced by being neurodivergent, and feels undefinable or partly definable because of one’s neurodivergence.

Autistic activist Lydia X. Z. Brown is one notable gendervague person.

Virgender[edit | edit source]

Virgender flag created by pridearchive.[29] The meaning of the flag colors are: Red: To symbolise the stress/difficulty in having a gender, White: An amalgamation of all genders Black: Genderlessness. The red stripes lighten as one goes down the flag to symbolise how one’s stress is causing their gender to get weaker and weaker until it goes to white and the individual is relieved of the stress of keeping up with one’s gender. The white transitions to grey and then to black to symbolise the complete lack of gender.

Virgender (coined by stevenuniversequartz[30]) is defined as a gender identity that is practically and particularly genderless. This usually happens when it is too stressful or difficult to have a gender. A gender identity that feels weakened by stress, to the point where one is nearly genderless.

The prefix comes from the constellation Virgo, the maiden.

Xumgender[edit | edit source]

Xumgender flag created by ademcshades.[31]
Alternate xumgender flag created by Kiloueka.[32]

Xumgender (coined by ademcshades[33]) is defined as never being satisfied with your gender due to constant self-doubt or identity issues, causing one to compulsively search and seek out something that fits as perfect as possible–to find “the gender” or “the one truth”–though one will never be found due to one’s neurotype, because words will never be able to describe it, and/or its own properties paradox itself. This frequent anxiety and doubt even causes this gender to feel imperfect to the individual.

Keywords: Anxiety, OCD, OCPD

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  6. The since-deleted post in the mogai-archive blog where this word was coined: Another blog's archive of that lost blog post: An archive of that archive:
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named 2019 Gender Census
  10. wormhaze. "catgender". all about xenogenders/neogenders. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  11. Twitter thread by bunsolved, 2 June 2020
  26. wormhaze. "robogender". all about xenogenders/neogenders. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  27. Big Sis Faunus [@SL33PY_M4G3] (3 June 2020). "robogender is a term used by people who feel like theyre deeply attached to robots gender-wise! they can feel feminine, masculine, or any other way and still be robogender! thats what the blue, pink, and white lines are for!!" – via Twitter.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Queerascat.