Defining yourself as a masculine man or feminine woman is somewhat difficult for some people. Those who do not identify themselves on these labels are called non-binary. The term is still confusing for some, so we invite Psychoanalyst and Emotional Therapist Camila Custódio to speak on this subject.
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What is non-binary
According to Camila, “the non-binary is that person who does not identify with any of the two genders that have traditionally been associated with both sexes: male for men and female for women”. In other words, non-binarity differs from the conventional, created by our society, and for this reason, it causes hesitation.
Types of non-binary
According to the invited psychoanalyst, there are several types of association that we can make. For her, “non-binaries identify themselves with identities that go beyond these concepts”, for example:
- Genre: “This type is characterized as the total absence of gender”;
- Andrógine: “This classification is already a mixture of feminine and masculine”;
- Neutrals: “Gender neutral identity, but with several meanings. In other words, this gender is neither feminine nor masculine, but has characteristics of both ”;
- Big genre: “Here, gender identity is double or ambiguous. Therefore, the person has both genders ”;
- Polygender: “As the name says, this gender identity is plural or multiple, that is, there is a mixture”;
- Gender-fluid: “When gender identity is fluid. He can change and be able to move in both genders ”.
“To facilitate understanding, it is necessary to understand that gender identity differs from sexuality. The identity itself is the way in which the individual presents himself to society excluding the relationship factor and including the gender factor. Sexuality refers to the individual’s taste in terms of physical, romantic and sexual attraction ”, adds Camila.
Non-binary flag and symbol
According to information provided by Camila Custódio, “non-binary people have their own flag, which was created in 2014 by Kye Rowan”. It has four horizontal strips of equal size:
Yellow color stripe
The yellow color is outside the binary concept of gender. It represents people who do not identify with any of the two existing.
White color stripe
The white color represents people who are of many genders. That is, men and women.
Purple color stripe
This color, on the other hand, represents the fluidity and multiplicity of gender experiences. The uniqueness and flexibility of non-binary people.
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Black color stripe
Finally, the color black mentions people who can be genderless or genderless.
Undoubtedly, flags are defined as a symbol of people’s behavior, a link that refers to belonging to a group. And this represents a whole struggle for recognition and strengthening of a place in the world.
Camilo tells us that “in order to promote the inclusion of different sexual and social genders, the community developed the Non-Binary or Neutral Language, which faces the social paradigms of gender and the behavior linked to it. “It is very important to note that the Non-Binary Language is not only for members of the LGBTQI + Community and its supporters, but for all members of society,” added the therapist.
How to refer to a non-binary person
According to Camila, “the issue of gender is a social construction but also an imposition”. So, before calling a non-binary person “he” or “she”, it is very important to know the pronoun by which the person identifies himself. For this reason, some people are already inserting the name he / he or she / hers in their social media profiles to reduce confusion.
Not famous binaries
Recognizing non-binarism as a famous person is a very courageous attitude. However, some artists are already talking openly about this theme, and for this reason, they are becoming a reference when it comes to self-acceptance. Meet some famous people who have already declared themselves as non-binary.
The singer came out as a non-binary trans and says she does not fit into a “girl or boy” pattern. According to her, the gender of the people she knows doesn’t matter much. In addition, Miley once defined herself as pansexual, but considers herself to be genderless.
The actress from well-known series, like Orange Is The New Black, identifies with the fluid genre. She says she is comfortable with moving in both genders and that she would not change her body, however, if she had a choice, she would be a man. Ruby also uses her / her pronouns quietly and says she doesn’t want to change that.
The model and actress has been talking openly about this subject for some time. She considers herself pansexual of the fluid genre. According to the personality, it was very difficult to understand his place in the world, but he understands that the genders are much more fluid than just the feminine or masculine.
The actress is a trans woman, but considers gender binarism to be “fiction”. In other words, for her, we are not limited to strictly female or male behaviors. According to Indya, no one is one, every identity is non-binary.
The actor declared himself in 2018 as someone of the fluid genre. Furthermore, he does not identify himself as either a man or a woman. Ezra also says he hardly identifies himself as a human.
Currently, there are about 64 ways to identify the gender itself. Therefore, it is more and more common not to meet the person who was designated at the time of birth.
It is worth noting that non-binary has a gender expression or appearance similar to androgyny, however, this is not a rule. Meet some of the people today who accept and identify with this genre.
About being non-binary
Get to know in this video the life story of Guilherme, 20 years old, who identifies himself as non-binary. He feels his gender identity and expressions between the feminine and the masculine.
How I found myself non-binary trans
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Watch the video and get to know the trajectory of Bryanna Nasck, a non-binary trans woman. In addition, Bryanna gives tips to anyone who has doubts about finding out how not to binary.
Get to know Noah’s life
Find out how Noah perceived himself in the world as a non-binary trans gender fluid. Follow their experiences and their ways of understanding in the world.
Learn more about non-binary gender
In this video, Ester tells a little about the non-binary genre and how she understands herself within that theme.
“The possibilities of identification are multiplying and more and more generations are getting rid of the old impositions in order to allow themselves to be more free and authentic”, concludes Camila. And if you are interested in this topic, check out our article on transgender children and learn how to live in harmony with trans children.