What is gender apathetic? what does it mean? And why do people become gender indifferent/apathetic? All your queries will be discussed in this article.
A gender-neutral/apathetic person is someone who does not feel a strong attachment to the sex of their birth and/or to gender roles generally associated with that gender (for example, how you are expected to dress, behave, etc. ). Gender Apathetic people do not associate themselves with any particular gender and typically do not use gender-specific terms to describe themselves and others.
They are called apathetic because they are without feeling or concern, but this is an inaccurate description of Gender Apathy. Gender Apathetic people typically use the neutral pronouns they/them and their/theirs (in place of she/her, he/him, etc.), as well as gender-neutral titles like Mx.
What is Gender Apathetic?
There are a lot of people out there who don’t define themselves by gender labels. Instead of identifying as male or female, they identify as being indifferent to gender. This does not mean that they have no sex organs or are not related, but it does mean that their personal identity does not depend on whether they identify as male or female.
They may identify themselves in words other than masculine or feminine, without realizing that doing so threatens their sense of self. This can be especially beneficial for some people because it means that when someone does something offensive to you based on your gender, it doesn’t automatically affect how you feel about yourself personally.
Gender-Apathetic Means Not Attached to Gender
To begin, let’s define what gender indifference really means. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as the feeling that one gender or sex is not inherently superior to another and that gender or gender is not important in determining a person’s suitability. Within feminist theory, it has been described as attitudes that do not support traditional ideas about gender roles.
In general terms, it is a way of describing people who are indifferent to whether one identifies as male or female. There are many reasons why a person can claim such indifference towards other genders and sometimes one’s own.
Why Do People Become Gender Apathetic?
People become gender apathetic for a variety of reasons. Some feel that being gender apathetic allows them to distance themselves from societal expectations. It also relieves them from having to face any social backlash or judgement for expressing their sexuality in any way that’s outside gender norms. The concept is an umbrella term, covering people who identify as non-binary, fluid, or anywhere in between. As more people come out as part of these communities it’s becoming clearer how many different ways there are to express yourself without needing to be confined by one label or another.
Does Gender Apathy Benefit the Individual?
It is arguable that when gender indifference/apathy benefits an individual, it is due to that individual identifying with or not conforming to one or more aspects of traditional binary gender norms. For example, someone who does not identify with female gender roles may feel limited in their ability to express themselves freely if they feel they have to conform to certain feminine stereotypes.
If gender roles don’t apply, it can fuel anxiety. Ultimately, however, it comes down to personal preference when determining whether a person benefits from being indifferent to gender. What one person identifies as a relief from anxiety may be a cause of frustration for another.
How Does Gender Affect Others?
One common argument for gender apathy is that it can benefit others. When someone does not care about your gender, they will naturally treat you equally because everyone in their mind looks alike. Another reason people are supportive of gender apathy is that it eliminates biases towards each other.
Women who become more masculine or men who become more feminine (because they don’t conform to society’s expectations) are often ostracized by society, but when a person doesn’t pay attention to such labels, those people are accepted unconditionally. So, if you identify as gender apathetic, be proud – you may be making life better for other people.
Pros Of Being Gender Apathetic
The pros of being gender apathetic are that you do not need to conform to society’s idea of what a man or woman should be. You can embrace your personality traits while also embracing your sexual identity and making it work for you. People who are gender apathetic are known for their uniqueness, as they tend to have a unique perspective on life than most people who live their lives with a specific identity.
Many people may struggle when asked about their sexuality, which could lead them to feel conflicted between themselves and those around them. Some may even feel pressure from others about having certain types of relationships due to societal norms, but these feelings would never cross someone’s mind if they were truly gender apathetic.
Cons of Being Gender Apathetic
While it may sound like a total lack of gender doesn’t have any cons, that’s not entirely true. When someone chooses to use, they/them pronouns or choose gender neutral clothes and accessories, it’s a rejection of binary gender norms that feel imposed on us. Rejecting these norms can be viewed as an act against gender stereotypes; however, rejecting them isn’t always easy when there are real-life consequences like being denied housing or employment because you identify with something outside those strict gender binaries.
My Personal Views About Gender Apathetic
Just because you are gender apathetic doesn’t mean that you don’t feel an attraction to your own gender. It doesn’t mean that you have to be attracted to everyone. If someone asks if you are gay, lesbian, straight or bi it is okay for you to say I don’t know or none of your business.
Regardless of how other people feel about your decision, being gender apathetic means understanding yourself and not feeling pressure from others to change it. The biggest struggle in being gender apathetic is that most people will assume what kind of sexual orientation or identity you have before getting a chance to talk with them first.