What is bigender?

This blog will discuss what bigender is.

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

What is bigender?

Bi-gender or agender is a gender identity under which the individual who identifies as such believe the,slesv to exist with two distinct gender identities.

Bigender is also understood as dual-gender/dual-gendered and falls under the umbrellas of mutigender, nonbinary, as well as transgenders. 

This identity indicates that the individual experiences and expresses two different types of genders in their lives. They could either identify as man and women or woman and agender, or man and transgernder etc. 

So, what this means is that the individual who identifies as bi-gender does not necessarily mean that their gender identities that they have should be opposite or complementary, it just means that they identify with two gender identities. 

Bigender falls under a transgender identity since their identiy might not necessarily aligned with their biological sex assigned at birth. They are also non-binary since their gender idenitty does not fit into either binary genders of man or woman. 

Someone can be nonbianary and not be bi-gender because of the fact that someone who is bigender means that they identity with only two distinct genders while a non-binary can idneity as someone who identiies beyond the vatagories of man and women. 

While one might think that bi-gender is more or less genderfluid, it is not the same identity because for someone to identify as genderfluid they move between at least two identities but for bigenders they move between only two identities. 

Being bigender does not mean that you are bisexual because bisexuality is a sexyal orientation. 

It refers to who you are attracted to physically and sexually and someone who is bisexual is phsycially and sexually attracted to someone who is either a man or woman where as bigender is an identity. 

A bigender individual’s pronouns can differ according to what identities they identify with and they might move between pronouns as time passes so as their gender expression, they might change the way they dress on certain days when they identify with one gender as opposed to another on some days. 

What is the history of the term “bigender”?

The history of the term “bigender” dates back all the way to 1980, according to non-binary wiki. 

The first time the term was recorded was in the 1980s by a trans organisation called the Human Outreach and Achievement Institute. 

They used the label “bigenderist” as a type of androgyne where the individual who identifies as such can express and identify with either genders.

In 1995, A trans man named Gary Bowen in his Dictionary of words for Masculine Women defined the term as used for an individual who has two genders and exhibits both genders in terms of roles and expression. 

As of 2010, bigender was considered a type of “androgyne” gender which also included other identities such as pangender, agender, non gender etc.

In 2014, bigender was listed as a separate gender from that of androgyne, however part of the umbrella, on facebook. 

In the same year, there were two fridge flags that were proposed for this gender identity by a tumblr user. The first flag had seven horizontal stripes and the colours represented the following:

Pink represented Femininity, Blues represented Masculinity, Purple or lavender represented non-binary, were as the white transinging to grey represented agender identity. 

How do you know you are bigender?

Here are a few signs that could indicate that you are bi-gender:

  • 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.

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 has discussed what bigender is.

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

FAQ related to Bigender

What are bigender pronouns?

A bigender individual’s pronouns can differ according to what identities they identify with and they might move between pronouns as time passes so as their gender expression, they might change the way they dress on certain days when they identify with one gender as opposed to another on some days. 

Having said that, bi-gendered indivdiausl most commonly use They/Them set of pronouns.

Are bigender and nonbinary the same?

Bigender indidvdiuals fall under the non-binary umbrella. They non-binary since their gender idenitty does not fit into either binary genders of man or woman. 

However, Someone can be nonbianary and not be bi-gender because of the fact that someone who is bigender means that they identity with only two distinct genders while a non-binary can idneity as someone who identiies beyond the vatagories of man and women. 

How do I know I am a bigender?

Here are a few signs that could indicate that you are bi-gender:

  • 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.

What is the Bigender symbol?

The most common bigender symbol is a mix of female (Venus) symbol and male (Mars) symbol which is also used for intersex or transgender. 

What is a Pangender person?

Pangender is a term for people who identify with and as having all genders. 

Can you be Bigender and agender?

No it is not possible for an individual to identify as Bigender as well as agender together at the same time. However, a bigender can also identify as agender as one of the genders they identify with at a certain time when they are more attuned with their gender identity. However, a person who is agender cannot identity as a bigender because they ar einherently genderless. 

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/

Penerio.S. Bigender. Cosmopolitan. Retrieved on 4th February 2022. https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sexopedia/a37106365/bigender/

Boom.K. What It Means To Be Bigender: Signs, Relation To Other Identities & More. Mindbodygreen. Retrieved on 4th February 2022.https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/bigender

Bigender. Non- Binary wiki. Retrieved on 4th February 2022. https://nonbinary.miraheze.org/wiki/Bigender

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