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Are there just two genders?


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8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 10:49:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
Gender is a combination of personal identity and social construct, so I guess it probably depends on what society (or sub-society) you live in.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 10:57:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
There's an infinite amount of genders.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 3:12:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 3/14/14 - 10:57:04 AM shakira2 wrote:
There's an infinite amount of genders.


#16

Idiot.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 5:18:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Your response to me is the same as my response to you.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 6:23:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes only two genders.

Like in the animal kingdom.

Anything else would be abnormal......
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 6:47:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 3/14/14 - 6:23:51 PM 69x wrote:
Yes only two genders. Like in the animal kingdom. Anything else would be abnormal......

Really? Have you never actually studied the animal kingdom, or is that sarcasm?
There are hermaphroditic slugs that battle when they mate. The winner eats the penis of the loser who then becomes female.

Some rotifers are only one gender, and reproduce by cloning themselves.

Some frogs and fish can change sex spontaneously if there's no one to reproduce with.

The Ruff has two sexes, but four genders. Things get downright complicated with those guys.

8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 7:05:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Flatworms do a thing that's seriously called "penis fencing." Whichever one stabs the other with its penis first is the "winner" (I guess?) and the other is impregnated. Super-rapey invertebrate sex, hooray!

Speaking of weird sex, best series EVER.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 7:07:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
LOL

swear filter link fail.

It's a Sundance series called "Green P*rno." Narrated by Isabella Rossellini.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 7:08:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Creatures with venomous ovipositors are freaky.

"Oh, our females don't have vaginas? Ok, I'll just impale them and inject sperm right into their abdomen."

Thank god we don't do that. No one would ever get laid.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 7:12:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
i want gs to continue posting in here
his recent tantrums have been hilarious
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 7:22:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
To repeat some terminology distinctions I made in a previous thread in the news forum (self quoting seems like a faux pas, but the complication of terms is an issue in this stuff).

Sex = biological status (which could mean in terms of genitals or chromosomes, which doesn't help with clarity).
Gender = cultural associations
Gender identity = what an individual sees themselves as
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 7:23:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think you would be hard pushed to say that gender, or gender identity, applies to non-human animals.

In terms of demographics, I think think there's a limited number of genders that you can associate people with. The vast majority of people you can associate with masculine/male or feminine/female, but things like genderqueer and transgender are prominent enough that they have their own cultural associations.

In terms of what an individual sees themselves as, it's hard to draw a line. I wouldn't say it's infinite, but at the same time I wouldn't say that everyone has to identify with an 'established' gender. Genderqueer in part captures 'everything else', but what can you do if someone doesn't identify with genderqueer...
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 7:30:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
(You might not agree with the definitions given, but I think at least they do refer to meaningfully distinct things, and you need to specify which you're talking about)
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 9:28:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
WoMANs
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 7:50:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 3/14/14 - 7:22:44 PM Floor Demon wrote:
Sex = biological status (which could mean in terms of genitals or chromosomes, which doesn't help with clarity). Gender = cultural associations Gender identity = what an individual sees themselves as


Which is why shak is an idiot. There aren't an infinite number of people, so how can there possibly be an infinite number of genders? Especially since over 99% of those people identify as either male or female?
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 8:08:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
The word "gender" has been used to refer to gender identity itself and, given that it seems to be the popular usage, I took the question to be referring to gender identity.

I do believe there are infinite possibilities for gender identity at least as far as terminology goes due to how it is something that relies entirely on the individual.

Technically, I could refer to my gender identity is "plabop" or something. But I wouldn't because that sounds horrible.

But I actually don't have a term that matches my identity to my satisfaction. I'm one of those persons who doesn't like the term "genderqueer".

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlin...
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 8:08:55 AM EST (GMT-5)

Facebook users have 58 options to choose from. A lot of them are very close, perhaps overlapping. There could always be more added to the list, forever and ever (if humans kept going on forever...and, even without humans, there might be aliens somewhere out there with their own various gender identities, who knows).

I think it's also possible that each term could carry with it a slightly different impression in the mind of each individual...but I can't get into everyone's heads to figure out whether this is true or not.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 8:09:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
So, it's something I see as possible, though that's only something I've speculated. If it is the case...then, if not infinite, the possibilities would be near infinite. Or at the very least a number that I can't name.

In any case, whether we're speaking of gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression...the number of possibilities is higher than what's typically assumed. There's more than two (in any case).
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 8:13:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 3/14/14 - 7:22:44 PM Floor Demon wrote:
Sex = biological status (which could mean in terms of genitals or chromosomes, which doesn't help with clarity). Gender = cultural associations Gender identity = what an individual sees themselves as
On Saturday 3/15/14 - 7:50:15 AM Guilty_Spark wrote:
Which is why shak is an idiot. There aren't an infinite number of people, so how can there possibly be an infinite number of genders? Especially since over 99% of those people identify as either male or female?


I'll correct my statement and make it clearer:

There's possibly an infinite amount of gender identities.

And there's possibly an infinite amount of people, depends on the nature of the universe. I'm only speaking of possibilities. I'm sorry if possibilities make you cry.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 8:53:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
Again, you're an idiot.

There is NO possibility of 'infinite amount of people'. None. Even if the universe didn't have boring things like stars and planets and was made entirely of people, that STILL wouldn't be an infinite amount.

Do you actually know what infinite means? I'll give you a clue, it's hell of a lot more than 58.

I accept that there are more than two genders, but even saying 58 is ridiculous, especially since many of those on facebook are the same thing with a different name.

I'm sorry if reality makes you cry.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 11:07:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
So if 58 is "ridiculous," what's your arbitrary <58 "reasonable" number of genders? Because in non-theoretical terms, the possibility exists that there are as many ways to name and express gender/gender identity (I'm lumping these together even though they're not really the same thing) as there are humans, past, present, and future.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 12:58:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
If the universe is infinite (and there's every possibility it is) then not only is it possible for there to be an infinite number of people, it's statistically certain.

There's probably not an infinite number of possibilities for unique humans, as there's a limit to how many ways you could arrange particles in a form that would still be called human, but it's still pretty damn high.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 1:27:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/15/14 - 11:07:22 AM birdsong4j wrote:
So if 58 is "ridiculous," what's your arbitrary <58 "reasonable" number of genders?


Explain to me how 'other' is a gender designation.

And in what way a transexual female is different from a transexual woman.

Or how androgynous differs in any way from pangender?

Or better yet, how Male to Female differs from MTF.

Facebook have given people 50+ lables to use, many of which are just different ways of saying exactly the same thing. That does NOT mean there are 50+ genders.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 1:35:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/15/14 - 12:58:25 PM 314159 wrote:
If the universe is infinite (and there's every possibility it is) then not only is it possible for there to be an infinite number of people, it's statistically certain. There's probably not an infinite number of possibilities for unique humans, as there's a limit to how many ways you could arrange particles in a form that would still be called human, but it's still pretty damn high.


Bullsh*t. We're struggling with 7bn people on one planet, how in the hell are we going to reach infinity?

Even a mere 100m would be far beyond the planet's carrying capacity. Since we'll never travel faster than light and will probably never even leave our solar system, tell me more about this statistical certainly of an infinite number of humans.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 1:38:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
lol @ guilty being the one who brought up the pedantic infinite point only to reveal he doesn't actually understand the mathematical concept

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