The Binary Genders are the two "primary" categories of genders used in a Western society The opposite of binary is non-binary or abinary, which are umbrella terms including any genders that are not included in a binary gender system (this usually means genders that are not completely and solely male or completely and solely female). Binary gendered people can be cisgender or transgender. It's also a gender arity.

Gender Arities in non-Western Societies

In Western society, the gender binary has two genders: women and men. Not every culture or society shares this system. Some cultures may have more than two gender categories, such as certain Native American cultures. These are sometimes referred to as third genders.

Gender Binary in Society

Currently the gender binary is used to describe the misconception that men and women are the only two possible genders and that they can be assigned on the based on genitalia. This system often also typically enforces a masculine gender expression for men and feminine gender expression for women. This is almost directly a result of colonization causing the suppression of gender non-conforming, transgender, and non-binary, individuals as well as individuals with cultural gender binary identities. This system also tends to favor men, especially cisgender men.


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