Saturday, 26 August 2017

What It Actually Means to Be Gender Fluid

OUTFIT: Alexander McQueen jacket, Sonia Rykiel bustier, Monki trousers & Zara shoes

Gender fluidity is a hot topic these days which also means a lot of people are being introduced to the term for the first time EVER. I'm currently at DragWorld – a convention celebrating drag, individuality and gender bending etc. – and today, I went to a panel about gender fluidity which totally inspired me to write this blog post. SO what does it actually mean to be gender fluid?

Gender fluidity isn't a fixed identity

Gender fluidity refers to people who doesn't identify with a fixed gender. Some people may identify as agender (i.e. having no gender), bigender (i.e. both woman and man) or non-binary (i.e. neither woman nor man). Non-binary means not committing to one or another. There is a large range of non-binary gender identities such as gender fluid, genderqueer, gender neutral, third gendered etc. The list of gender identities goes on, but these are the gender identities most commonly referred to. For me it means that I don't want to settle for one gender and the expectations and rules that come with it. I want it all.

Gender fluidity isn't a trend

Gender fluidity is currently in the public eye and that does impact the way people dress. Gender fluid people are coming forward and living as their true selves, as debates concerning gender equality and LGBTQ+ issues. Gender fluidity is a lived experience, not a fashion trend. So that's why the LGBTQ+ community went nuts when Vogue referred to a cisgender couple as champions of 'a generation that embraces gender fluidity' to make a fashion statement.

I hope this blog post answered a few question for anyone who might have been confused by the term 'gender fluidity'. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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