What is aporagender?

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This blog will discuss what aporagender is.

We will also discuss the history and development of the term, gender identity is and the different types of identities present. 

What is aporagender?

Aporagender  is a gender identity that describes a gender experience that is separate, different, and distinct from the experience of any other existing gender identities or constructs. 

This gender idenity does fall under the non-binary umbrella hwoeber it is sepcidifc and different from non-binary genders that already exists. 

As an umbrella term, aporagender includes some kinds of nonbinary and genderqueer people however it does not include people who identify as agender, genders between male and female, nore binary trans indidvdiuals. 

Aporagender as an identity is not the same as androgyne as androgyne refers to a mix of or in between male and female whereas aporagender refers to an identity that is not either of these experiences.

Aporagender is also different form being genderless or agender because aporagender involves having some gender experince even if it is not catagorised within the spectrum. 

This gender identitiy also is in regards with the experience that there is a gender that is experienced and it is not genderless as seen in agender identiites. However this gender is similarly different and not associated with any existing genders. 

Now, some might say that aporagender is similar to gender neutoris since neutoriss also involves having no inner sense of their gender (genderless), as well as having a gender that is not female, not male, not between, but neutral. 

However, aporagender identity does have an inner sense or experience of gender in one sense however it can also be used as a substitute for the other sense that it is a neutral form of gender anxiety- however, because it can also mean a different form of gender identity, neutrois cannot replace aporagender.

What is the history of the term “aporagender ”?

The term aporagender was coined in 2014 as a replacement for the word aliagender due to the controversy surrounding aliagender identity. The original moderator of the Aporagender blog on tumblr coined the word aporagender in 2014.(Non-Binary Wiki)

The term came under some fire when other tumblr users began to accuse the moderator of racism, claiming that this term was a white-washed form of the term “third-gender” that is seen in cultures like India’s “Hijras”- a term that is forced onto the community without consent. 

The individual who coined this term pushed forward the idea that the term was not coined to be racist or appropriate and there was no basis on which the accusations were based and it was then that another individual coined the term “aporgender” as a replacement more or less. 

When it comes to symbolic representation of this gender identity, the user Hyena Cart designed the flag where the colours Blue and pink were put on the ends of the flag to show a separateness from these binary identities of male and female or masculine and femeninien. 

The flag also incided the coloyr purple to represent being between male and female while the colour yellow contradicted it by pushing the idea that this identity is not male nor female- thus, nonbinary. 

In 2018 an alternate flag was proposed because not many individuals were happy with the original flag because it represented too much of the already existing identities. 

The new flag introduced the colour teal which validates the identity as something that is very separate from the existing identities, and existing flags but also similar in some ways to existing identities.

The flag also had a diagonal stripe across the flag to indicate the idea that this gender identity is on a completely different plane from the binaries or dienties that already exist. (Non-Binary Wiki)

How do you know you are aporagender?

Here are a few signs that could indicate that you are aporagender:

  • You do not related to your assigned at birth sex all the time.
  • You might feel more male one day while other gender some other days. 
  • You might find it uncomfortable to be labelled with your assigned at birth pronouns
  • You find it uncomfortable when someone assumes your gender
  • You express your gender in different ways and at times both masculine and finemine at the same time. 
  • You might exterpeince gender dysphoria where you feel like your assigned at birth sex does not allign with your gender identitiy.

These are just some of the signs that you might experience if you think you are bigender, however this list is not exhaustive and it is not all-inclusive because the way one experiences their gender is unique and different. 

What is gender identity?

Gender identity refers to the terms that distinguish a person’s gender. It is what the individual who experiences their unique gender uses to identify their gender. 

Gender, as we all know is no longer considered the same as sex. It is now understood that it is inherently different and these two distinct concepts can be different in an individual.

This means that they need not align. A person can have the male anatomy while identifying as someone who has no gender that they identity with- and in this case, they will most probably identity as agender, 

While the genetic factors or biological factors define a person’s sex, gender is a social construct whcih means that is is not written in stone and that a person can have a gender identity only they can determine. 

Gender identity is a personal experience, and it cannot be determined by someone or something else outside of the person. 

Another important thing that we must understand is that gender is not limited to binary genders, this means that it is not only restricted to being a man or a woman. 

Gender is more than just binary categories and an individual can have more than one gender or identify with no gender at all. 

According to The Trevor Project gender consists of the following concepts:

  • The gender identity, which is what the person experiences and identities as in terms of their gender. 
  • Gender expression which consists of how an individual expresses themselves to themselves and to other people. A person might express themslwves as either in a masculine way or in a non-binary way. 

This will include aspects such as mannerisms, clothing styles, names, and pronoun choices, and basic conduct with respect to their gender. 

What are the different types of gender identity?

Here is a brief list of some of the more commonly known gender identities:

  • Agender where the individual does not identify as either female or male and also, possibly, not identify with any gender at all.
  • Androgyne is a term where individuals identify as both female and male.
  • Bigender where indidvdiuals identify as bigender, you identify with two genders.
  • Cisgender where the indidviausl identies with the sex they are born with, that means their gender identity and sex allign. 
  • Gender expansive where the individual does not fit their cultural standardised definitions of gender and their gender broadens the cultural expectations or limitations placed  by society on their gender. 
  • Gender fluid is a term where the individual can express themselves either outside, within, or between their societal gender expectations. 
  • Gender outlaw where individuals who identify as gender outlaw, refuse to let society define your gender.
  • Genderqueer where their gender identity is not aligned with the societal expectations (or “norms”) that are placed on your assigned sex.
  • Non-binary where the indidvaiusl does not identity with either male or female but they identify their gender as something other than these two binary genders. 
  • Omnigender where individuals identify and experience all genders.
  • Polygender/pangender where individuals identify as having parts of or experience more than one gender.
  • Transgender/trans where indidvdiuals are born with a sex that is not what they identify with. Another term that is used for this cohort of indidvdiuals is non-binary or gender nonconforming.
  • Novigender is a gender identity that is used by individuals who do not feel like their  gender can be described using existing categories due to its complexity.
  • Librafluid refers to a gender identity where the individual is mostly agender but also has a strong connection to other genders. 
  • Aliagender is a gender identity that describes a gender experience that is separate, different, and distinct from the experience of any other existing gender identities or constructs. 
  • Aporagender  is a gender identity that describes a gender experience that is separate, different, and distinct from the experience of any other existing gender identities or constructs. 

This list is not exhaustive and there are plenty more gender identities that are being identified and realised as individuals learn more about themselves and express their gender realities on their own terms. Gender identity is something that can be constantly evolving. None of the following terms are all-inclusive or finite.  

Conclusion

This blog discussed what aporagender is.

We also discussed the history and development of the term, gender identity is and the different types of identities present. 

What is Librafluid?

Librafluid refers to a gender identity were the individual is mostly agender but also has a strong connection to other genders. 

What is Gendervoid?

Gendervoid is an identity where there is a lack of gender however, unlike agender, this identity or the idni davoudiasl who experience this genderlessness experiences an emptiness where the gender should be and is unable to experience gender.

What is a Novigender?

Novigender is a gender identity that is used by individuals who do not feel like their  gender can be described using existing categories due to its complexity.

What does Voidself mean?

Voidself is a neopronoun is a gender neutral pronoun which can be used by anyone regardless of gender identity or expression. 

How do I know if I want to use neopronouns?

Your pronouns come with the gender that you identify with. So if you identify as being a woman, your pronouns are she, her. 

However if you identity with a non-binary, non-conforming gender then your prononous can be they/their as well as new neo-prononous such as ze/hirs

Are Nounself pronouns valid?

Nounself pronouns are 100% valid, just like any other pronouns. Nounself pronouns are real because like all socially constructed concepts, they are real if they have meaning and are being used by people to make their lives easier. 

References

Zambon, V. What are some different types of gender identity? MedicalNewstoday. Retrieved on 4th February 2022. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/types-of-gender-identity#types-of-gender-identity

O’Neill.R. The Different Types of Gender Identity. TalkSpace. Retrieved on 4th February 2022. https://www.talkspace.com/blog/different-gender-identities/

Aporagender. Gender wiki. Retrieved on 4th February 2022. https://gender.fandom.com/wiki/Aporagender

Aporagender. Non Binary wiki. Retrieved on 4th February 2022. https://nonbinary.wiki/wiki/Aporagender#:~:text=Aporagender%20(from%20Greek%20 apo%2C%20 apor,not%20an%20absence%20of%20gender).

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