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Gender identity is something everyone experiences in different ways. For some, their gender identity is very clear and there isn’t much confusion about it. But for others, their gender identity may be more complicated and harder to understand. This is especially true for people who identify as xenogender.

Xenogender is a term that describes a person who does not feel that their gender identity fits into any of the traditional categories of male or female. If you’re curious about what xenogender means and want to know more, keep reading!

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Xenogenus: meaning and origin of the term

Xenogender is a term describing a type of non-binary gender identity that does not fall under the typical gender descriptors that we have.

People who identify as xenogender are best described by their relationship to other beings or concepts – things that generally have nothing to do with gender. Xenogenders often feel like they don’t fit into the typical gender categories or typical gender terms that we currently have, and that gender identity may even lie beyond common human understandings of gender. .

To properly define xenogender, we must first speak of “lexical gaps”. These are words that do not exist in one particular language, but may exist in another. For example, in English, there is no word to describe the overwhelming feeling some people get when they see something cute. But in Tagalog, this feeling is simply called “gigil”.

Xenogender identities are said to fill a “lexical void” or lack of words in the English language to define a particular experience with gender. Xenogenders fill these gaps by comparing their gender identities to certain concepts – pre-existing or imaginary. It should be noted that xenogenders do not necessarily identify with specific objects, but use these things as metaphors to describe their relationship to gender.

Where does the term come from?

The term dates back to Tumblr user Baaphomett, who first used the term in 2014. The term is a portmanteau of the affix “xeno-“, which means extraterrestrial, and the word “gender”.

Baaphomett described xenogender as an identity that “is more concerned with working out other methods of categorizing and hierarchizing genders, such as those relating to animals, plants, or other creatures/things.”

According to some accounts, xenogenders are usually created by “neurodivergent” people (people with autism, ADHD, and other disorders that affect cognitive functioning), because NDs tend to interpret the world in a different way than NDs. neurotypical people.

Xenogender flag and other symbols

The first xenogender flag – designed by DeviantArt user Pastelmemer – features the seven colors of the rainbow rendered in pastel, with the astronomical sign of the asteroid Iris in the center. There are several variations of the flag, many of which use muted pride color schemes.

Other common elements include the yellow stripe in the middle – a color commonly associated with non-binary identity – and the color purple, which is said to represent androgyny.

What xenogen am I?

There are dozens of different types of xenogenera, and the list keeps growing. As is the nature of identity, those who identify as xenogender may create their own specific word and conception of their personal relationship to their gender identity.

But if you think you might identify as xenogender but don’t know what that would look like or how to start forming your own identity, this xenogender list might help.

Abimegenre

These are people who see their genre as something deep and infinite.

Aesthetic

It’s a genre experience that stems from a certain aesthetic.

aliengenre

It’s an “interpretation of gender from a non-human perspective,” according to Tumblr user genderghoul. It can also be defined as a genus of “alien species”.

biogenus

People who identify with biogender have a connection to nature. Under biogenus, you can self-identify as wildlife-genus, water-genus, or land-genus.

Caelgender

When you identify as caelgender, you identify with the elements of the cosmos. This includes stars, sun, planets, etc.

kind of color

It is one of the most popular types of xenogenera. People of color interpret gender using colors and hues.

Daimogenus

These are people who identify with the supernatural, especially demons.

Digigender

To put it briefly, this genre is an embodiment of digital concepts and objects. As a “digital genre”, the digigender is often compared to digital concepts such as files, viruses and malware.

ethegender

It is an “ethereal genre” whose essence cannot be contained by human understanding.

Firefighter

For firefighters, gender is fluid and ever-changing, just like fire.

Gendercosm

This identity goes beyond the limits of what we know. Some describe it as a grandiose and unknowable gender identity.

Empty sex

Gendervoids are people who identify with emptiness or emptiness. In a sense, genderless people can also be described as asexual.

Hydrogenus

It is an identity comparable to water, fluid and capable of taking new forms.

Lamingender

It is a type of identity that consists of different layers or slices.

Sailor sex

People who identify with the marine gender identify with certain aspects of the sea, especially its vastness and incomprehensibility.

Witch

Some describe it as a “magical genre”. Someone who identifies as a wizard perceives gender as a kind of magical experience or as something that is closely related to witchcraft or magic.

For others, non-binary gender identities are seen as inherently magical. In pre-colonial times, many Indigenous societies had a high regard for non-binary people and trans people, who often acted as spirit conduits and shamans for the community. Thus, some non-binary young people identify as wizards to honor non-binary genders and their connection to magic and spirituality in the past.

Xenogenre FAQ

Are xenogenders harmful to the LGBTQ+ community?

Some may argue that xenogender takes away the legitimacy of other gender identities and makes a mockery of trans and non-binary genders. However, those who identify as xenogender will say that is not the case at all. Xenogender identities simply exist to give others a way to describe their more complex gendered feelings.

What kinds of pronouns do xenogenders use?

Often, xenogenders adopt gender-neutral neopronouns or alternative pronouns such as ze/zir/zirs, ey/em/eirs, xe/xem/xyrs, and the more they/them/them are the most popular.

Other xenogenders use “non-self” pronouns, which are a subset of neopronouns derived from pre-existing words or themes. For example, faunal genres may use pronouns like “bun/buns/bunself” or “wol/wolf/wolfself”.

Do you have to be neurodivergent or autistic to identify as xenogender?

No, you don’t. Anyone can identify as xenogender if they feel that typical notions of gender cannot fully describe or represent their experience with their own gender.

The essential

Xenogender is a gender identity that cannot be accurately described in words. Different people have different understandings of what it means to be xenogender and have all sorts of ways to describe their particular relationship to gender.

The bottom line is that xenogenders often feel like they identify somewhere beyond or outside of the traditional gender binary. And while there’s no perfect definition of xenogender, it’s a growing part of the LGBTQ community that we can’t ignore.

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