MOANFACE is BACK: ZARA and the battle of the 71 Facebook genders

The first MOANFACE of 2016 and this one’s a doozy. I’m hoping this really resonates with people who read it particularly at the moment with the rise of non-binary genders and the impending UK EU referendum.

Now, I write this opinion-piece as a cis-male, white, British gay man; and not one of those new fangled fluid / every-other-Tuesday ones either – just your run of the mill, bog standard gay man. So I know I’ll be told to STFU at some point by someone purely on this basis as, and kind of fair enough, a lot of our problems globally are perceived to be caused by a small number of old, white, straight men. But I’ll give it a shot knowing how en vogue it is to be offended by anything and everything.

71 Facebook Genders and counting

There are 71 gender options available on US Facebook and this will be coming to the UK sooner or later. I really can’t emphasise how much I don’t care. This is a good thing for people who need/want it and it shouldn’t bother or affect people who don’t; it’s a checkbox on a website.

If you identify as either a man or a woman, you still can – I think we’re still allowed? This however has caused uproar and a battle on both sides for those that want it (understandably) and those who really don’t (weirdly).

My view on physical gender is purely medical, as is my opinion on being ‘body beautiful’ (I don’t care how pretty you are, if you’re vastly overweight, there are going to be health problems), because no matter how many hormones you take or what bits you have attached or removed, a doctor/healthcare provider can only give you the most correct and safe treatment by going with your birth-assigned gender; you currently can’t be m-to-f trans and have a baby for example or if you’re f-to-m trans and haven’t had a hysterectomy, you can still get ovarian cancer etc.

That said, psychologically (rather than physiologically) if someone feels/knows/believes they’re in the wrong body then surely every modicum of assistance should be given to help them achieve a transition in order for them to live a happy and fulfilled life; even if it is only the physical cosmetic changes they need. That gets me on to my next point…

Caitlyn Jenner: Putting Her Foot Down on Social Issues

If you don’t get the joke, then it’s because Caitlyn Jenner narrowly avoided manslaughter charges by being heavily involved in a fatal car incident. I like Caitlyn and liked Bruce (I’ll use the preposition ‘she’ for both). I like that she’s finally been able to achieve a life that she wants in a body she wants; but more so, I like the fact she has strong, relatively conservative views that fly in the face of the bra-burning, picket protesting, vegan eating liberal stereotype you’d often associate with the LQBTQ…RZUSUISKJLASKJHASDKLFHAS… community. Being transgender is what she is, not who she is as being gay for me is a very small part of who I am and what I do, rather than who I am.

ZARA or is it ZARO? What is the gender neutral ending for ZARA? ZARI?

So, Zara have jumped on the commercial bandwagon with a range of gender-neutral clothing.

Essentially some baggy blue jeans and a baggy blue hoodie. *slams head into desk*. People are going mental over it and it’s so crazy. These clothing items exist and always have done without slapping gender-neutral branding all over it. You’ll find that pretty much every item of clothing has roots in either male of female linked garments; jeans and a hoodie are particularly male in origin!

This is the crux of my argument. We as people, are all very, very different. Currently we are desperately trying to pretend we aren’t. People as human beings are still quite tribal, it’s evolution to be drawn to people who are most like you in appearance and beliefs as it denotes safety. At the same time people are often scared/angry at things they don’t understand or can’t relate to because it makes us psychologically anxious and feel unsafe – this is pre-wired!

So when I hear this shit, usually on the BBC these days, that we’re all people of the earth and everyone should just wear a gender-neutral binbag and hug each other whilst sticking wheat-grass in our ears; I roll my eyes so far back into my head that my optic-nerve hurts.

People are different, age, race, gender, sexuality, culture etc etc. We should learn to not be afraid of these differences but at the same time, not pretend that they don’t exist. Just shush.

Posted at 16:33 March 8, 2016
Josh | The Kentucky Gent

Did you hear the statement Caitlyn made about Hillary not supporting Trans Rights, but The Republican Party supporting her and Trans Rights? My eyes are just now recovering from rolling to the back of my head.

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