Xenogender is an umbrella term for non-binary gender identities that cannot be described through their relation to masculinity, femininity, androgyny, neutrality, outherinity, agenrinity, or terms commonly used to describe human gender. Instead, xenogenders can best be described through how they relate to things, beings, or concepts that most people don't think of as having to do with gender, such as animals, plants, things, or concepts. It is sometimes described as any gender that "cannot be contained by human understandings of gender". People who identify as a xenogender may call themselves xenic. The gender quality associated with xenogenders is xeninity. The opposite of xenogender is anthrogender.
Xenic people often have a strong understanding of how their gender feels to them, however they often find that there aren't any words for their experiences, this is called a lexical gap. In order to fill that gap xenogender people often describe their gender through metaphors, by saying their gender is like, is influenced by, or shares qualities with something else.
When described, xenogenders often fall into one of three categories:
- Nouns and Archetypes: Instead of saying how one's gender relates to masculinity and femininity, one says one's gender is, or is like, a kind of animal, an imaginary being, a part of nature, an abstract concept, or a symbol. These are called noungenders.
- Aesthetics and Synaesthetic Perceptions: When a gender is described using things like texture, size, shape, time, light, sound, or other sensory characteristics. These can often overlap with noungenders. These are called aesthetigenders.
- Neurotypes: When a neurodivergent person's neurotype(s) is/are an inseparable part of their gender identity. These genders are exclusive to people of the neurotype(s) associated with them. These are called neurogenders.
Other categories of xenogenders include:
- Situations: When one's gender changes based on the situation. These are called mutogenders.
- Kintypes: When an otherkin person's kintype(s) is/are an inseparable part of their gender identity. These genders are exclusive to people of the kintype(s) associated with them. These are called kingenders.
History[edit | edit source]
The term xenogender was coined by Tumblr user Baaphomett in 2014
Flag[edit | edit source]
The xenogender flag was created on January 15, 2017 by DeviantArt user Pastelmemer. The central symbol is the astronomical sign for the asteroid Iris, a Greek goddess of rainbows. The colors chosen are common colors present in iris flowers. The central stripe is yellow, a common non-binary color. It is opposed to purple, which usually stands for androgynous non-binary genders which have some combination of male and female identities, yellow is often used to symbolize genders which have nothing to do with the binary in any way, which includes xenogenders.
The prefix xeno- indicates some having to do with aliens, which is appropriate as xenogender are unrelated to human genders.