Gender Presentation

Gender Presentation

(compound noun)

A mishmash of visual, verbal, and behavioral/performative cultural signifiers that we are taught to interpret in specific ways related to gender. This involves the styling of one’s clothing, facial adornment, hair, verbal cues, and body language. But it varies across cultures and time periods. While we can control much about our presentation, there is also a significant part of presentation that relies on the perception of another person. This is why presentation isn’t enough to accurately guess someone’s gender.

e.g. Nhem often confounded strangers with zir ambiguous gender presentation.


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