An Exploration of The Term Non-Binary and Generational Change

 Gender Dysphoria represents an issue that arouses an array of concerns and opinions. None of which discredit, with finality, the questioning of gender as a somehow intrinsically inept concept. In this article, one attempts to grasp the notion of gender fluidity as a paradigm shifting on a day to day basis. Thus implying the necessity for non-binary identifiers. Also the refusal of adhering to binary nomenclatures. The purpose here does not intend to address the validity of transgender identity. 21SCHIZM acknowledges and supports the plight and of the LGBTQ community. Instead, the underlying purpose struggles for a reconciliation of the desire to implement more than the binary, the  “+” in the LGBTQ+A, if one will. In exploring the entrails of various brief, viral, internet, video mediums. The topic of discussion seeks a settlement in clarification of why non-binary identifiers deserve use or why they do not.

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Sources supporting the use of non-binary identifiers in no particular order, first, comes the thoughts of Jeffrey Marsh on instagram. The prominent statement in this source declares the point that there is “More to life than man or woman.” A simple and concise statement, logically asserting that perhaps those unsupportive of non-binary identifiers retain a staunch fixation on the genitalia of a given subject. Instead of interacting with the content of another. They may opt out and contend that the given person is confused about their physiological disposition.

Marsh Contends Gender Dysphoria Is Absolutely Not Confusion

The key rebuttal from this stands in saying that the central figure of this source clearly is not confused. As they wield a devout audience with a substantial collection of relevant subject matter. In brief their followership defends them in the affirmation of claiming that they obviously have something worth saying if they can establish some sort of record confirming the message. Aside from followers, this non-binary individual certainly serves as proof against the statement that non-binary individuals are “confused and don’t know what they want.” Just by casually browsing this individual’s Instagram one finds the active and fulfilling life of one who cannot be defined by the intuitive pronouns.  So one cannot simply “call them how they see them.” Moreover, the idea that the use of the pronoun “they” somehow exploits English grammar fields a hypocritical argument.

Another issue found within the rhetoric against non-binary identifiers acclaims that the use of “they or them” as a singular pronoun simply defies the bounds of English grammar. Walter Masterson of TikTok opines his piece with his tongue in cheek response that “they or them” can be used as singular identifiers. By ironically first criticizing the practice and then “incidentally” using the very same pronouns to refer to one’s belongings. The practice of using “they or them” when unfamiliar directly with the subject’s identity is actually common practice. The dilemma arises instead when the subject provides visual stimuli or identification. The proper practice of requesting further information on identifiers should parallel the practice of inquiring of one’s name. The two are mutually exclusive and should be clarified by the subject upon interaction. After addressing grammaticism and social customs. The final defense naturally falls upon the science of the approach.

In Modern Times You Cannot “Call em’ How You See em'”

The case for non-binary identifers, becomes increasingly necessary upon consideration of a typical occurrence specific to the female sex, menstruation. Note the reference to sex instead of gender. 21SCHIZM recognizes and acknowledges transsexual and transgendered peoples. The qualm of this piece being, whether non-binary identifiers remain necessary. This content comes by way of twitter from the Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development Institute. Upon viewing the twitter material one thing emerges as almost wholly obvious.

The central figure of the source cannot be considered a man. Although they appear as such, because they menstruate. This refutes the “call them how they see them” argument. Simply, because the subject does not adhere to or identify with typical gender standards. Instead, in tandem with the viewing of the video one can only arrive at one conclusion or one assumption. That assumption being that all assumptions appear remote, crude and off the table. Indeed, misgendering this individual as a man or woman applies a rudimentary practice to an evolving and vast spectrum. The most direct and immediate remedy is a simple inquiry of identifiers as simple as asking one’s name.

Why Further Muddle the Representation Effort

The stance against non-binary identifiers also, offers a compelling and refreshing perspective. This source, again utilizing the words of instagram social media titan Jeffrey Marsh. Framing their own words against their platform. The concept of Gender Dysphoria by definition, is that it is a disorder and not a lifestyle. Marsh states that gender dysphoria can persist into a consistent and habitual abuse of the practice of determining one’s own gender. They contend that one does not need to define themselves in the binary and can proceed under whatever guise they choose. They even go as far as saying that they need not be “comprehensible.”

However, in actual practice one may find that life becomes very restrictive. Also, difficult if they do not ascribe a particular identifier to their identity. Most governmental documents require some denotation of gender and do not offer non-binary options. The same goes for modern social media and other formats requiring any form of gendered determination. In general to be understood is something most people long for.

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Could Non-Binary be Asking Too Much?

Another thread of rhetoric against the non-binary movement claims that perhaps recognizing fluid pronouns may be too excessive. The TikTok account desmondfambrini posits the argument of the LGBTQ community needing acceptance in a heteronormative society. In pursuit of this acceptance, the non-binary movement ostracizes their efforts by demanding exhaustive impositions that subvert the LGBTQ front as a whole. Fambrini asserts that more endeavors would better promote the movement as a whole if they subscribed to other actions that do not deride and bandwagon trendy or edgy facets of the movement. Fambrini contends that outsiders of the movement may respond with backlash as the proponents of the movement focus on what Fambrini considers a miniscule and ridiculous aspect of a vast front. Along with Fambrini’s side comes the question of identifiers losing purpose and becoming mystifiers in the process. 


Reply to @vallieus Accidental misgendering isnt technically “discrimination” #gender #pronouns #nonbinary

♬ original sound – Desmond Fambrini

On the tangent of identifiers becoming mystifiers. Comes the argument that non-binary currently wields a very broad, vast, and somehow indeterminant definition. By way of twitter’s Arielle Scarcella, initiates the statement that no one can really with certainty, denote whom and what the term non-binary refers. Scarcella asserts that the modern definition of non-binary serves as an umbrella term that if need be, could refer to the whole of the human population. Every human exercises traits that may appear feminine or masculine to the public. This being true, one concludes that the term non-binary can refer to any person displaying traits of either gender. This collaborates with the statement of sexuality being a spectrum as one challenges that if sexuality is a spectrum then a given human can hover amongst any point in the array, thus being non-binary.

Non-Binary is Inherently Flawed

Scarcella affirms that sex, on the other hand, is binary as is clarified in biological studies. Furthermore, the non-binary label touts a possibly sexist point of view by labeling certain traits as more female than male or vice versa. The label intends to remedy what it inherently implies, that certain characteristics depict a figure of gender and those characteristics in reverse supposedly do not exist underneath the same given gender. The crux of the argument arrives in the guise of partial gender dysphoria. Meaning, displeasure with part of the sexual identity or sexual characteristics. For example, if a physiologically dispositioned male retains facial hair while opting for breast implants, there is no practical or pragmatic way of properly gendering the individual.

All aforementioned sources offered convincing supports for their respective platform. Viral media applied to the question of non-binary or fluid gender language served as a venerable testament to the hallmark and strength of internet mediums. Indeed, the power to alter one’s opinion through the use of short and concise blips available to any and everyone must be revered for its fortuity alone. Grammar could not offer a defense against the non-binary rhetoric. Nor could social inclinations. All in all, perhaps the most compelling argument in support of non-binary lies in the scientific points of view. Non-binary, though currently faddish, does present plausible and pertinent points of discussion. Consider the pronouns of 21SCHIZM now defined, in step with the modern tide of the 21st Century. Welcome he, she ,they and all!

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