Gender is a social construct — everywhere

Today I learned (again, some more) that “gender is a social construct”!! Bangladesh has now recognized Hijras as a third gender, neither male nor female, as they self-identify. (I tried to verify this news to the best of my ability, but it still may be too fresh. This link seems credible.)

This wikipedia entry opened my eyes to this distinctly non-Western, non-Euro/American view on gender identity. Also, a friend pointed out this article about the third-gendered people of Samoa. FASCINATING. I hope this news is true, and this innovative step will be noted and followed with protections for non-gender-conforming Americans soon. ENDA passing the Senate is a great step, but victory is not guaranteed yet!

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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