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What does Gender Neutral mean?

What does Gender Neutral mean?

What does gender neutral mean? 

Not just the basic definition, which is pretty easy to understand, but more so what it means to actually be gender neutral, and/or how do you explain gender neutral to others.

 

According to the dictionary, gender neutral means “suitable for, applicable to, or common to both male and female genders” or “denoting a word or expression that cannot be taken to refer to one gender only”.  So let’s backtrack. Your biological sex is assigned at birth but that does not always go hand in hand with gender expression. You can easily look at a child’s body and determine the biological sex but you cannot look into their minds to see if that matches up. 

 

Let’s be honest, sadly, some people do not even realize that there is such a thing as gender neutral and if they do, there’s a good chance they don’t understand it. So, let’s start with this:  you may find that while you may look like a boy or a girl that you really feel like neither. That doesn’t mean you don’t have feelings, good grief!

 

I’ve reached out to people and learned that it isn’t a case at all of, say, looking like a boy and feeling like a girl, it’s a case of not really feeling like either, or better stated it’s a case of just feeling like yourself. It’s not a fair assumption that girls like girl things and boys like boy things. In life we want everyone to be happy with who they are, who they feel like they are in their hearts and souls so we need to stop this old agenda. 

 

Trying to keep this short, but I want to quickly mention that gender neutral pronouns such as they/them are preferred when addressing a gender neutral person. Calling a gender neutral person he or she automatically sets behavior expectations and/or forces the person to act in a manner that makes them feel uncomfortable, stressed, or even guilty.

 

Happiness is for everyone so your only job is to allow each person to be themselves.

 

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