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

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Some feminine gender identities and expressions include femme, and by some definitions, demigirl.

Femininity is often associated with soft things; pastel colours, flowers, flowing dresses. Though, to be feminine you don't need to adhere to all of these stereotypes.

A feminine person is not necessarily a woman and anyone of any gender can present femininely for any reason.

Masculinity

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

Masculinity is often associated with strong things; strong colours (Red & Blue), physical strength, squared shapes, spikes and weapons. Though, to be masculine you don't need to adhere to all of these stereotypes.

A masculine person is not necessarily a man and anyone of any gender can present masculinely for any reason.

Androgyny

See main article androgyny.

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Also called epicene.

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

Anyone of any gender can present androgynously for any reason.

See also

References

  1. "LGBT resources: Definition of terms." [1]