Definition of gender binary
A view of gender whereby people are categorized exclusively as either male or female, often basing gender on biological sex.
Examples of gender binary in the following topics:
- Gender identity typically falls on a gender binary—individuals are expected to exclusively identify either as male or female.
- However, some individuals believe that this binary model is illegitimate and identify as a third, or mixed, gender.
- Gender Identities across Cultures Gender identities, and the malleability of the gender binary, vary across cultures.
- The hijra form a third gender, although they do not enjoy the same acceptance and respect as individuals who identify along the gender binary.
- The xanith form an accepted third gender in Oman, a society that also holds a gender binary as a social norm.
- Gender identity is one's sense of one's own gender.
- Preparations for gender socialization begin even before the birth of the child.
- In Western contexts, gender socialization operates as a binary, or a concept that is exclusively comprised of two parts.
- However, some individuals do not feel that they fall into the gender binary and they choose to question or challenge the male-masculine / female-feminine binary.
- Those that identify as genderqueer adopt a more androgynous gender presentation and, thus, fall outside of the gender binary.
- Gender fluidity also shows how gender norms are learned and either accepted or rejected by the socialized individual.
- Gender socialization is the process by which males and females are informed about the norms and behaviors associated with their sex.
- Part of the opposition to the gender binary is that it creates heteronormative assumptions that mark heterosexuality as normal and homosexuality deviant merely because it is the opposite of heterosexuality.