Eunuch

Eunuch

(noun)

An AMAB person who identifies as a eunuch and has been or aims to be castrated. While many eunuchs still identify as men, others identify as third gender, non-binary, and/or transgender. Historically, many eunuchs were castrated without their consent. Eunuch has also historically been a slur against AMAB trans people who don’t identify as eunuchs, and therefore should only be used when referring to self-identified eunuchs. Eunuchs may or may not transition physically, legally, or socially. Categorically, eunuchs are considered under the gender non-conforming and trans+ umbrellas but may or may not identify with those terms individually. Those decisions are based on their understanding of their relationship with gender and their access to transitioning within their culture.

e.g. Alex’s complicated relationship with gender and their body led to them identifying as a eunuch.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

The Eunuch Archive


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