Feminists have been complaining for decades about the gender binary – the gender roles that XXs and XYs are funnelled into, the supposedly innate behaviours of the sexes. The reason why we moaned about it was that XXs got lumbered with the really shitty end of the deal. And no, I don’t consider “looking pretty” one of the perks. Rather the opposite.
So in this new topsy-turvy age of ‘sex positive feminism’ (aka the pozzies), androgny, kink, trans-sexuals, cross-dressers and everything else under the sun, all of whom think they are very very edgy and think the radfems are a bunch of hairy-legged prudes.
Instead of getting rid of ‘gender’ (as in gender roles) as the radfems suggested, this bunch came up with the solution!
Let’s have lots of genders! Genders, genders and, more genders than you can poke a stick at!
You know, like androgynist trans that are bisexual, or heterosexual cross-dressers, assexuals, pansexuals or any number of combinations of appearance plus sexual preferences.
Except, if I may be the party pooper on this one, all of these “genders” are not the gender roles that feminists first described, they are how you want to dress plus who you want to fuck (or don’t).
It boils down to a lot of hip labels for sex positivism, and does not offer up any actual solution to the gender role stereotypes which are still promoted. In fact, all these trendy new “genders” probably aren’t even known outside teh partay zone. Meanwhile, patriarchy persists in trying to convince females that they love the colour pink and want lots of baybees.
It is all another clever way to hide what still goes on, and to dismiss radfem concerns about gender roles. Plus, if I may add, I really don’t give a damn who you are fucking, or the silly dress-ups you want to do it in.
ETA: Further reading on the gender binary and the prescribed female/male gender roles at VeganPrimate’s.