Gender fluid

I am a man.

Now this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me.  Even people I meet in the street seem to grasp the concept without my even telling them.

I suppose the fact that I have a beard, a deep voice, no bumpy bits on my chest and all the tackle associated with being a male might give a clue, but no one has ever asked me whether I am a man or a woman.  Is it the fact that I don't wear a dress and am generally to be seen in jeans, an old sweatshirt and a scruffy pair of runners?

All my life I have done mannish things.  I have built a house.  I have dismantled and rebuilt engines.  I have enjoyed the intimate company of women [you know what I mean].  I have never worn make-up or cosmetics nor dyed my hair [nor will I ever].  I was never even remotely interested in dressing up in my sister's clothes.  Occasionally I have done things that might be considered non-manly.  I bawled my eyes out as I held our Sandy when she was put to sleep.  I dabbled in macramé for a brief while to see if I could [I could].  I even knitted a cardigan for the daughter and sent her to school in it [she never forgave me for that].

I suppose there are some aspects of me that would be considered non-mannish.  I hate sport [and in particular, football] and I have no interest in cars apart from being a mode of transport.

So why on earth would I ever consider that I was anything other than a man?  How could I have female thoughts?  What are female thoughts?  How would I ever consider that I am somehow a woman in a man's body?  What does that even mean?

In the good old days there were two genders.  Then along came homosexuality and men fancied men and women fancied women.  I can sort of get my head around that concept but it is definitely a dish that isn't for my table.

Now we have all these transsexuals and transgenders and bisexuals and the whole male/female thing has become more confusing than a map of the London Underground.

The latest one to hit the headlines was a reporter on RTE who decided he was "gender fluid" and wants everyone to call him Rachel.  What the fuck is that all about?  What the blind fuck is "gender fluidity"?

To me, a fluid is something that flows and sloshes around in a bucket.  It wet and liquid.  It may be slightly viscous but it flows nevertheless.  So how can gender be fluid?  Does he go to bed at night and sleep on his left side and wake up as Jonathan?  The next night he lies on his right and the fluid trickles over and she wakes up as Rachel?  And how does he know?  Presumably his body isn't so fluid so all he or she needs to do is check beneath the sheets?

Suppose he or she [or it?] goes for a jog and the gender fluid sloshes around a bit, does the gender bit get all mixed up and become a Jonachel or Rachathan?  Or even a JRoancahtehlan?

Is fluid gender tidal and influenced by the moon?

Life is getting awfully fucking complicated.

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Gender fluid — 19 Comments

  1. I don't care, I just don't care at all about someone else,s sexualityor "identified" sexuality. I just want them to shut up about it. It is nobody's business what goes on in someone else's pants. I'm sick to death of having "in the news". 

    • I'm of the same mind.  I can't help but wonder how this "fluid" version works.  Do they morph from one state to another in front of your eyes?  Sounds like something from Star Trek.

    • Worse still is being expected to 'celebrate' it. Celebrate it? What the fuck is there to celebrate about someone who is totally confused about who or what they are?

      Like you, cat, I couldn't give a monkey's about what people want to do in their private lives – that's entirely up to them and of no interest to me. I just wish they would stop shouting about it. These days, it's worn as a badge of honour. "Look at me! I'm a deviant, isn't that great! Now I want special privileges and for everyone to fawn over me because I've been so brave about 'coming out'".

      What rot.

  2. Homosexuality, transsexuals, transgenders, bisexuals, LGBT and now gender fluid? Nothing that hasn't been going on since the human race first pulled itself out of the slime of their beginning (or were planted here by some advanced race, blah, blah, whatever). All it really means is that members of our somewhat questionable human society are so aimlessly bored with life these days they have nothing better to do than make up labels for things that already have labels that they made up the last time they were aimlessly bored with life.

  3. Special snowflake demands new made up bullshit to feel like a special snowflake… Every single day now we get this shit think its just a indication of a culture in terminal decline tbh still least they wall themselfs into nicely persecuted friendly groups for when the tolerance runs out problem with trying to hog the limelight quite offen it burns you in the end

    • Identity politics seems to have diverted leftist campaigners from economic issues. It has produced an individualism that saps social solidarity. Anti-pc feelings have expanded across websites internationally. Commonsense observation clashes with ideology-driven discourse. "A culture in terminal decline." Maybe, but a deeper discussion of that is probably suited to someone else's website. Sometimes I sigh when I read esoteric news on the internet; sometimes I laugh as a tactic for warding off anger and depression.

      • "a deeper discussion of that is probably suited to someone else's website"

        You could be right there.  I have an unfortunate tendency to just rip the piss out of everything.

      • I forsee either a collapse or a rise in ultra nationalism due to internal and external pressures in the not overly long term sadly but maybe we will simply grt a counter counter culture to all this pc isms cause as you rightly observe in places were the discussion isnt controlled such as main stream media the reaction is already strong  growing and very visible.

  4. I dunno Ger, there's nothing esoteric about common sense. If my sombre news reader wishes to go to the privacy of his own home after work to dress up as a woman, then that is his business and I have no problem with it. I know of a guy who pays women to wallop his backside too and if that's what he wants to spend his money on then who am I to judge or interfere. 

    But I do expect a certain standard, a certain decorum maybe, from my evening news reader and that is why I don't think it either necessary or sensible for a bloke to show up on screen in a serious context, (the news for fucks sake!), dresses as a female.

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