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Transgender is not a Gender

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Rather, it is a type of gender. Having ‘male’, ‘female’, and ‘transgendered’ as the gender options in a survey is ridiculous. It’s as bad as having ‘transgender male’, ‘transgender female’, and ‘cisgendered’ as the options. And both are almost as bad as having ‘cisgendered’ and ‘transgendered’ as the only options. The formers tell us only half of the participants’ actual genders. The latter tells us nothing at all. Having ‘transgendered’ as the only extra gender option on top of ‘male’ and ‘female’ is not being inclusive. It’s just a really bad attempt. If someone really wants their survey to be inclusive of all genders, then their options should be ‘male’, ‘female’, ‘bigender’, ‘androgynous’, and ‘agender’ (and there are probably even more floating around out there). Or, if it’s really that important to them that they know the transstate (I just made that word up…) of their participants, then have ‘cis male’, ‘cis female’, ‘transgender male’, ‘transgender female’, ‘transsexual male’, ‘transsexual female’ as the options instead of plain old ‘male’ and ‘female’. Or, better, yet, just have a blank box to type in.

But gender is not the only culprit, oh no. Sexuality is a huge one. Surveys usually ask about sexuality in one of two ways. The first is to ask participants what their sexuality is, out of ‘straight’, ‘gay’, or ‘bi’. The second is to ask participants if they are interested in ‘men’, ‘women’, or ‘both’. Sigh. We’ve already established that there are more than two genders, so clearly that second method needs more options. But that first method is insanely wrong! Sure, there’s ‘heterosexual’, ‘homosexual’, and ‘bisexual’ – but what about ‘androgenosexual’, ‘androsexual’, ‘gynosexual’, ‘pansexual’, ‘polysexual’, ‘asexual’, ‘greysexual’, and ‘demisexual’ (and again, there are probably even more around)? And then there’s all the romantic types…

Seriously, with all these possible labels out there, is it really that hard to just ask people what they identify as? Must we really make little multiple choice answers for them to neatly categorise themselves into? Now I’ve never made a survey before, but surely it can’t be too difficult to have a little typing box instead of a bunch of options to choose from. If anything, it seems like it would be easier!

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Oddly Straight

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Brian Molko

How am I straight? It’s a question I have asked myself many times. Am I even straight at all? That is a question I have also asked.

I am attracted to extremely feminine guys. Like, really feminine. Say for instance, Brian Molko. I don’t care if a guy wears lipstick. I love it when they wear (a reasonable amount of) eyeliner. And eyeshadow if they please. But only black. Pink eyeshadow would probably be a deal-breaker. I find it really hot when they wear (black) nail polish. And on their toes too. I’ve gotten really weird over bare feet lately… I don’t know why, I just like them O_O You can blame Pure Morning. Blasted music video. I also love guys with long hair. I don’t think I could ever date a guy with proper short man-hair. I was into Bill Kaulitz for a while there too, but I got over him. He’s just insanely girly, and far too thin.

Summer Glau

After much pondering, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am, in fact, oddly straight. There are many women I’d happily turn lesbian for. Amy Acker, Summer Glau, Katharine Isabelle, Kat Dennings, Alexz Johnson, Rose McGowan, Dita Von Teese, Alyssa Milano, Emily Perkins, Eliza Dushku, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Love Hewitt… But the real question is, could I ever actually love a woman? And the truth is, I don’t think I could. Sure, I’d one day like to see what it’s like (surprise, I’ve never actually experimented before), but I don’t think I could actually be with one. I can appreciate the beauty of women, and I even have pictures of said women in my “hot celebrities” folder, but that’s about as far as it gets. Although I can say I did once stare at a girl creepily because she looked like Emily Perkins… But that is BESIDE the point!

Couples Are Couples

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I think I am on a bit of a roll with my ranting right now, so I’m gonna have another rant. This time about how the government is a hypocrite and gay marriage should be legal.

I found an ad in the newspaper a while ago. The government put it there. And I know that because of a little Australian Government picture in the corner, and how it said at the bottom: Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. The ad took up a whole page. It featured 2 photos of a bathroom. Each photo was identical, but one had the word “GAY” at the bottom and the other had the word “STRAIGHT”. The writing was: COUPLES ARE COUPLES. New laws mean couples have to tell Centrelink about their relationship from 1 July 2009. It then went on to say that Centrelink recognises same-sex couples, as couples are couples, no matter what. I think you understand what I’m getting to here.

If “couples are couples”, then what is stopping same-sex couples from getting married? Because it sounds to me like the government is being hypocritical and simultaneously giving same-sex couples a relationship responsibility while taking away a relationship right. Because couples ARE couples. Gay people should be allowed to get married if they want, because they are just like everyone else! The government should make up it’s mind. Either couples are couples, or they’re not.