Gender Expression

Gender Expression

(compound noun)

How one expresses their gender outwardly and/or the facets of a person’s expression which have gendered connotations in their culture. There is no right or wrong way to express your gender, though in imbalanced cultures masculinity and femininity are encouraged to be expressed in toxic, limited, and actively harmful ways while other expressions endanger those that are neither or other. Gendered expression has been and still is a tool that can be used to oppress people, especially Black or indigenous people.

e.g. Max’s gender expression tended to mix traditionally masculine and feminine clothing to try for an androgynous style.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

Gender Expression Gear | Scarleteen


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