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How many genders do you know? I know 100
Joseph Tumwesigye
Posted: 3 weeks 1 day
NTV Uganda. There are more than 2 genders

If I possed that question to you, the answer will definitely be wrong. Many of my fellow Ugandans can only identify 2 to 4 genders in existence. These will include male, female, intersexual (hermaphrodite) and Transexual (because of its existence in pop culture thanks to E entertainment).

I have to admit that these were the only genders I knew until very recently. In a Telegram group I belong, a friend of mine shared a picture that blew my mind away. As he was trying to apply for a job in the UN, he selected the entry for gender and he was given a total of 9 options. On top of the 4 already mentioned in this article, there was Crossdresser, FTM (Female-To-Male), MTF (Male-to-female), Genderqueer/Androgynous, and Transgender (not to be confused with transsexual). As you may realise, this kind of information really gets many of us thinking really hard. But it is actually really simple. I will break it down for easy understanding.

First of all, there is the physical/biological aspect. Biologically, a person will be identified by 4 different genders. You are either male, female, intersexual or transexual.

An intersexual is simply a person with a variety of conditions in which he or she is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. So it is very much biological as one is born this way and intersex people have existed since the beginning of humanity. People should understand that it is not a disorder as such people can live a normal life.

Transexual: most websites that speak of transsexuality are very subtle with their definitions. Transexuals do not just identify themselves with the opposite sex, they take an extra initiative to medically change their sex. Transexuals believe that they were born in the wrong body. The obvious example is the U.S Olympic champion Bruce Jenner who changed to Caitlyn Jenner. From what I could gather concerning questions I have asked myself, transexuals are sexually active however cannot have children in that condition. However, they can always have sperm and eggs banked before they transition for later use.

Now that you have an understanding of the biological genders, allow me to introduce you to the others. Ever heard of Gender fluidity? There is an an understanding that gender is socially constructed. The belief is that society created the idea of genders. Personally, I feel that the biological and physical features are a strong evidence against this claim but I’m no expert.

In my view, those genders that are not determined by one's physical aspects come up due to mentality and social upbringing (Society). In fact, transexuals are partly like this. It is just that extra effort to medically change themselves that puts them in the biological chapter of this story.

Transgender. This is a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. Again, this is another subtle definition. Unless I did not understand it, your gender cannot “not” correspond with your birth sex. Your birth sex is a gender in itself. I do agree with the part of personal identity. Transgenders feel like the opposite sex and are more comfortable that way. So, they end up acting like the opposite sex. They dress, talk and walk like the opposite sex. The issue could be mental as they may think the opposite sex is a better gender for one to be. Or it could be social upbringing. Imagine you are a boy and are raised among multitudes of girls and women who indulge you into the feminine way of life. It makes sense when you actually turn out more of a girl in character than the biological boy you are.These men and women are just one step behind transexuals. Transgenders may not necessarily be gay but most of them are.

Genderqueer/Androgynous. This is a person who does not subscribe to the common gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both or a combination of male and female genders. You may call such a person confused. I think the name genderqueer should be changed because it suggests that such people are indeed confused. In simple terms, if you are androgynous, you either do not want to be identified by any gender or you identify yourself with more than one gender. I really cannot give an explanation for what this is all about. However, I believe that people are maximising the freedoms they have now to live and act how they feel and think (as long as your freedom does not interfere with other people’s freedoms.

As you may have noticed, I put the Androgyny gender together with the genderqueer. They are almost similar only that the androgynous may also involve persons with a combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. These should however not be confused with intersex people. An Androgyny has one gender’s sexual reproductive system but there other body parts like arms, chest, skin and others may have characteristics of the opposite sex. Take for example a female with biceps of a male or a male with facial or skin complexion of a female. The fact is that this does not change their sex. However, because nature may have given them different features and characteristics, they feel like identifying themselves with a gender that is neither male or female.

Crossdresser. I feel like this is self-explanatory but I will still tell you who these people are. Crossdressers are people who are attracted to the opposite sex’s clothing or dressing than that of their gender. They may not exactly be transgender, genderqueer, androgyny or intersex to act this way. Sexuality is also not an exact determinant for reasons as to why crossdressers prefer their lifestyle. I have, in my life, met tomboys (a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy). I believe this is the closest I have come to meeting a crossdresser. However, I have not met a tomgirl

FTM/MTF. Female-To-Male and Male-to-female are the only genders anyone will consider temporary. FTM and MTF people are those who are in the process of transitioning into a transsexual. Unnecessary if you ask me but such people have the right to identify themselves with their uniqueness.GUESS WHAT!!!!!! From my research, the 9 options the UN gave my friend on his application form were a mercy. While researching for this article, I found that there are over 50 genders. Clearly, all these are not physical or biological. On a website called “aPath”, an article lists a total of 63 genders. The article is somewhat old and at the genesis, there is a disclaimer about some of the things mentioned. However, the article bases gender on 3 different aspects all of which I have mentioned, in some way, here. They include; Physical (biological), Personality (who you are/social upbringing/how you feel) and preferences (I’ll explain later).

In simple terms, one has to consider all 3 of these aspects to determine one’s gender. But there is a flaw, PREFERENCE. According to the article, sexuality should also be considered to determine one’s gender.

This determines whether you are interested in men or women. I do not think sexuality should determine one’s gender. Sexuality and gender are two different things that are always confused with each other. For example, someone may ask why homosexuals are not considered in this article. Homosexuality is not a gender, it is sexuality.

Other online sources face a different kind of problem. They form genders out of other genders.

On a Tumblr account page called Genderfluid Support, about 80 genders are mentioned. However, many of them are almost similar and it is hard to accept that there are people anywhere in the world that identify themselves with many of these genders. It seems to me, that experts found a room and managed to break down the various possible ways personalities around the world would act and behave, and put it all in a research paper that multitudes are referring to for more advise. I do not think there are people in the world who identify themselves as being Abimegender, Aesthetigender, Libragender or even Vocigender. However, I wouldn’t know.

I think maybe we mix two different things that shouldn’t be mixed.

And I don’t mean gender and sexuality, I mean gender and sex. Could they be different? Some sources agree that they are different. But many still feel they are the same. Sex is the assigned gender at birth and/or the gender of your reproductive organs according to some. Gender in itself is where you feel that you personally fall on the spectrum between male and female. This removes the idea of a physical or biological determinant of gender. All that goes into sex.

Gender, on the other hand, is what you feel you are. So, if you are male and you feel female, which of the two is a priority over the other? Which one is supposed to be considered in official circumstances?

Here are some of the multitudes of genders in existence. All are copied from Genderfluid Support.

Abimegender: a gender that is profound, deep, and infinite; meant to resemble when one mirror is reflecting into another mirror creating an infinite paradox

Adamasgender: a gender which refuses to be categorized

Aerogender: a gender that is influenced by your surroundings

Aesthetigender: a gender that is derived from an aesthetic; also known as videgender

Affectugender: a gender that is affected by mood swings

Agender: the feeling of no gender/absence of gender or neutral gender

Agenderflux: Being agender and having fluctuating feelings of masculinity of femininity, but NOT male or female

Alexigender: a gender that is fluid between more than one gender but the individual cannot tell what those genders are

Aliusgender: a gender which is removed from common gender descriptors and guidelines

Amaregender: a gender that changes depending on who you’re in love with

Ambigender: defined as having the feeling of two genders simultaneously without fluctuation; meant to reflect the concept of being ambidextrous, only with gender

Ambonec: identifying as both man and woman, yet neither at the same time

Amicagender: a gender that changes depending on which friend you’re with

Androgyne: sometimes used in the case of “androgynous presentation”; describes the feeling of being a mix of both masculine and feminine (and sometimes neutral) gender qualities

Anesigender: feeling like a certain gender yet being more comfortable identifying with another

Angenital: a desire to be without primary sexual characteristics, without necessarily being genderless; one may be both angenital and identify as any other gender alongside

Anogender: a gender that fades in and out but always comes back to the same feeling

Anongender: a gender that is unknown to both yourself and others

Antegender: a protean gender which has the potential to be anything, but is formless and motionless, and therefore, does not manifest as any particular gender

Anxiegender: a gender that is affected by anxiety

Apagender: a feeling of apathy towards ones gender which leads to them not looking any further into it

Apconsugender: a gender where you know what it isn’t, but not what it is; the gender is hiding itself from you

Astergender: a gender that feels bright and celestial

Astralgender: a gender that feels connected to space

Autigender: a gender that can only be understood in the context of being autistic. Meant for autistic people only.

Autogender: a gender experience that is deeply personal to oneself

Axigender: when a person experiences two genders that sit on opposite ends of an axis; one being agender and the other being any other gender; these genders are experienced one at a time with no overlapping and with very short transition time.

Bigender: the feeling of having two genders either at the same time or separately; usually used to describe feeling “traditionally male” and “traditionally female”, but does not have to

Biogender: a gender that feels connected to nature in some way

Blurgender: the feeling of having more than one gender that are somehow blurred together to the point of not being able to distinguish or identify individual genders; synonymous with genderfuzz

Boyflux: when one feels mostly or all male most of the time but experience fluctuating intensity of male identity

Burstgender: and gender that comes in intense bursts of feeling and quickly fades back to the original state

Caelgender: a gender which shares qualities with outer space or has the aesthetic of space, stars, nebulas, etc.

Cassgender: the feeling of gender is unimportant to you

Cassflux: when the level of indifference towards your gender fluctuates

Cavusgender: for people with depression; when you feel one gender when not depressed and another when depressed

Cendgender: when your gender changes between one and its opposite

Ceterofluid: when you are ceterogender and your feelings fluctuate between masculine, feminine, and neutral

Ceterogender: a nonbinary gender with specific masculine, feminine, or neutral feelings

Cisgender: the feeling of being the gender you were assigned at birth, all the time (assigned (fe)male/feeling (fe)male) 

Cloudgender: a gender that cannot be fully realized or seen clearly due to depersonalization/derealization disorder

Collgender: the feeling of having too many genders simultaneously to describe each one

Colorgender: a gender associated with one or more colors and the feelings, hues, emotions, and/or objects associated with that color; may be used like pinkgender, bluegender, yellowgender

Commogender: when you know you aren’t cisgender, but you settled with your assigned gender for the time being

Condigender: a gender that is only felt during certain circumstances

Deliciagender: from the Latin word delicia meaning “favorite”, meaning the feeling of having more than one simultaneous gender yet preferring one that fits better

Demifluid: the feeling your gender being fluid throughout all the demigenders; the feeling of having multiple genders, some static and some fluid

Demiflux: the feeling of having multiple genders, some static and some fluctuating

Demigender: a gender that is partially one gender and partially another

Domgender: having more than one gender yet one being more dominant than the others

Demi-vapor (term coined by @cotton-blossom-jellyfish): Continuously drifting to other genders, feeling spiritually transcendental when doing so while having a clear -slightly blurred- inner visual of your genders, transitions, and positive emotions. Tied to Demi-Smoke.

Demi-smoke (term coined by @cotton-blossom-jellyfish): A transcendental, spiritual gender roughly drifting to other genders that are unable to be foreseen and understood, shrouded in darkness within your inner visual. Elevating through mystery. Caused by a lack of inner interpretation and dark emotional states. Tied to Demi-Vapor.

Duragender: from the Latin word dura meaning “long-lasting”, meaning a subcategory of multigender in which one gender is more identifiable, long lasting, and prominent than the other genders

Egogender: a gender that is so personal to your experience that it can only be described as “you”

Epicene: sometimes used synonymously with the adjective “androgynous”; the feeling either having or not displaying characteristics of both or either binary gender; sometimes used to describe feminine male identifying individuals

Espigender: a gender that is related to being a spirit or exists on a higher or extradimensional plane

Exgender:  the outright refusal to accept or identify in, on, or around the gender spectrum

Existigender: a gender that only exists or feels present when thought about or when a conscious effort is made to notice it

Femfluid: having fluctuating or fluid gender feelings that are limited to feminine gendersFemgender: a nonbinary gender which is feminine in nature

Fluidflux: the feeling of being fluid between two or more genders that also fluctuate in intensity; a combination of genderfluid and genderflux

Gemigender: having two opposite genders that work together, being fluid and flux together

Genderblank: a gender that can only be described as a blank space; when gender is called into question, all that comes to mind is a blank space 

Genderflow: a gender that is fluid between infinite feelings

Genderfluid: the feeling of fluidity within your gender identity; feeling a different gender as time passes or as situations change; not restricted to any number of genders

Genderflux: the feeling of your gender fluctuating in intensity; like genderfluid but between one gender and agender

Genderfuzz: coined by lolzmelmel; the feeling of having more than one gender that are somehow blurred together to the point of not being able to distinguish or identify individual genders; synonymous with blurgender

Gender Neutral: the feeling of having a neutral gender, whether somewhere in between masculine and feminine or a third gender that is separate from the binary; often paired with neutrois

Genderpunk: a gender identity that actively resists gender norms

Genderqueer: originally used as an umbrella term for nonbinary individuals; may be used as an identity; describes a nonbinary gender regardless of whether the individual is masculine or feminine leaning

Genderwitched: a gender in which one is intrigued or entranced by the idea of a particular gender, but is not certain that they are actually feeling it

Girlflux: when one feels mostly or all female most of the time but experiences fluctuating intensities of female identity

Glassgender: a gender that is very sensitive and fragile

Glimragender: a faintly shining, wavering gender

Greygender: having a gender that is mostly outside of the binary but is weak and can barely be felt

Gyragender: having multiple genders but understanding none of them

Healgender: a gender that once realized, brings lots of peace, clarity, security, and creativity to the individual’s mind

Heliogender: a gender that is warm and burning

Hemigender: a gender that is half one gender and half something else; one or both halves may be identifiable genders

Horogender: a gender that changes over time with the core feeling remaining the same

Hydrogender: a gender which shares qualities with water

Imperigender: a fluid gender that can be controlled by the individual

Intergender: the feeling of gender falling somewhere on the spectrum between masculine and feminine. Meant for intersex people only

Juxera: a feminine gender similar to girl, but on a separate plane and off to itself

Libragender: a gender that feels agender but has a strong connection to another gender

Magigender: a gender that is mostly gender and the rest is something else

Mascfluid: A gender that is fluid in nature, and restricted only to masculine genders

Mascgender: a non-binary gender which is masculine in nature.

Maverique: taken from the word maverick; the feeling of having a gender that is separate from masculinity, femininity, and neutrality, but is not agender; a form of third gender

Mirrorgender: a gender that changes to fit the people around you

Molligender: a gender that is soft, subtle, and subdued

Multigender: the feeling of having more than one simultaneous or fluctuating gender; simultaneous with multigenderand omnigender

Nanogender: feeling a small part of one gender with the rest being something else

Neutrois: the feeling of having a neutral gender; sometimes a lack of gender that leads to feeling neutral

Nonbinary: originally an umbrella term for any gender outside the binary of cisgenders; may be used as an individual identity; occasionally used alongside of genderqueer

Omnigender: the feeling of having more than one simultaneous or fluctuating gender; simultaneous with multigenderand polygender

Oneirogender: coined by anonymous, “being agender, but having recurring fantasies or daydreams of being a certain gender without the dysphoria or desire to actually be that gender day-to-day”

Pangender: the feeling of having every gender; this is considered problematic by some communities and thus has been used as the concept of relating in some way to all genders as opposed to containing every

gender identity; only applies to genders within one’s own culture

Paragender: the feeling very near one gender and partially something else which keeps you from feeling fully that gender

Perigender: identifying with a gender but not as a gender

Polygender: the feeling of having more than one simultaneous or fluctuating gender; simultaneous with multigenderand omnigender

Proxvir: a masculine gender similar to boy, but on a separate plane and off to itself

Quoigender: feeling as if the concept of gender is inapplicable or nonsensical to one’s self

Subgender: mostly agender with a bit of another gender

Surgender: having a gender that is 100% one gender but with more of another gender added on top of that

Systemgender: a gender that is the sum of all the genders within a multiple or median system

Tragender: a gender that stretches over the whole spectrum of genders

Transgender: any gender identity that transcends or does not align with your assigned gender or society’s idea of gender; the feeling of being any gender that does not match your assigned gender

Trigender: the feeling of having three simultaneous or fluctuating genders

Vapogender: a gender that sort of feels like smoke; can be seen on a shallow level but once you go deeper, it disappears and you are left with no gender and only tiny wisps of what you thought it was

Venngender: when two genders overlap creating an entirely new gender; like a venn diagram

Verangender: a gender that seems to shift/change the moment it is identified

Vibragender: a gender that is usually one stable gender but will occasionally changes or fluctuate before stabilizing again

Vocigender: a gender that is weak or hollow