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*can, but based on the additional context, as well as a separate area to indicate gender identity, I expect it to not be a practical problem.
My husband and I, who are homosexual, do not identify as queer. Too much baggage with that word.
Sort of like "you" or "we" can be specific or general.
What if I identify as a cat, will that mean they'll build a litter box for me at UW?
Ansel, am I correct about that? Are you taking these SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE AND LEGALLY BINDING polls without any means to correlate the data? Or are you tracking IPs because Slog polls are SRS BSNS?
Like maybe you are an androgynous person who likes guys but also likes girls sometimes. Maybe you'd prefer to call yourself queer.
I also like the word queer because it's all-inclusive. It could be anything!
*makes a thumb-finger circle and slides a finger in and out of it*
So it's a political identity. WHy are universities asking what our political identities are?
Thus was LGBTIQRSTUVWXYZ born.
The biggest factor has got to be the aggressive/hostile comments. It makes me avoid Slog sometimes even though I feel Internet-masochistic at other times. Any news on an upgrade to the comment section like most blogs have now? Even Blogtown has a +/- button now.
Andie, I know you know this, but you can identify any way you like. You may be a good example of "queer" though.
This survey is messed up, BUT it's an improvement over the usual "M" or "F" (and the occasional "Gay" or "Straight") question. Maybe an "Other-please explain" will help them improve the survey for future students.
Gender identity is how people think of themselves and identify in terms of sex (man, woman, boy, girl). Gender identity is a psychological quality; unlike biological sex, it can't be observed or measured (at least by current means), only reported by the individual. Like biological sex, it consists of more than two categories, and there's space in the middle for those who identify as a third gender, both (two-spirit), or neither. We lack language for this intermediate position because everyone in our culture is supposed to identify unequivocally with one of the two extreme categories. In fact, many people feel that they have masculine and feminine aspects of their psyches, and some people, fearing that they do, seek to purge themselves of one or the other by acting in exaggerated sex-stereotyped ways. http://www.gendersanity.com/diagram.html
In the real world as most people experience it: No.
I've been acquainted (using the word loosely) with a handful of transgendered people over the years. They were either males passing as females, with varying degrees of success, or females trying to pass as males, with no success at all. Only one of them pulled it off, a very feminine male cross dresser. The rest, well, I felt pity.
Oddly enough, the "gender queer" stuff, to the extent that I've read about it, strikes me as people who, in their opposition to "traditional gender expectations," seem to depend on those expectations to at least as much a degree as anyone else. The urge to be "genderless," or to cross "boundaries," depends on a laser-like focus on "gender norms," even if only to "queer" them.
In the end, there is often a big theatrical component involved, whether the "trans" realizes it or not. The ultimate torture is for no one to notice.
All the transgender people you knew about, you mean. I've seen a lot of trans men that are completely indistinguishable from cis men (with their pants on anyhow.)