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Your Understanding of Gender Might be Wrong. Here's Why

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on May 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Originally published on ATTN by Rebecca Hiscott on May 16, 2015.

In the 1940s, biologist Alfred Kinsey embarked on a series of experiments that would revolutionize the way we perceive human sexuality (and earn a posthumous portrayal by Liam Neeson in “Kinsey”). The most lasting aspect of his legacy is the Kinsey scale. It posited that human sexuality could be described on a scale ranging from zero (exclusively heterosexual) to six (exclusively homosexual), with shades of both in between. This scale would set the stage for the modern notion that sexuality is fluid, and that the categories of "gay," "straight," and "bi" are hopelessly reductive.

But our notion of gender―which is distinct from, though linked to, sexuality―did not have a Kinsey figure to fight for it, and so many people's conception of gender remains rooted in a binary of "male" and "female." If you are not one, you are the other. And if you are neither, you are distinctly other.

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