cute kitty Meow! Mewo! Posted October 30, 2016 Share Posted October 30, 2016 I find the use of Non-Binary to come off as antagonistic and discriminatory rather than as compromising and universal. The term is antogonistic because it is directly a response to the concept of "the gender binary", and whether it is intended or not by using the term "non-binary" the resulting implication is nonetheless a political one. Additionally here, conceptualizing a group of people and/or their beliefs as "the gender binary" comes off as paranoid and bigoted. additionally, "non-binary" it is intended as a catch-all for many people and identities who do not fall under either only male or only female, however it inaccurately describes a large percentage of such people since many trans people are in fact transitioning from one of these "binary" categories to the other, and as such, are not "non-binary". and lastly, if you consider the preexisting usage of binary when referring to things such as a binary star system, which is composed of both of two stars, or binary compounds such as H2O which are composed of two elements in various arrangements, then you suddenly realize that using the term "non-binary" to mean "not binary" is not applicable for many people who do not identify as Cis but might, for example, consider themselves demi-girl, or dual-gendered, since they are still using only two base "gender elements" to compose their "gender compound" (to speak metaphorically). This both aggravates the feelings of segregation for anyone who wants to use a catch-all term, and also supports the assumption that the "non" part of "non-binary" is meant only as a direct attack against "the gender binary". because of these factors, I refuse to refer to myself or consider myself non-binary. I find the term to be a political and egotistical term, instead of a personal and private term. (edited for clarification) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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