As society is becoming more inclusive, the term ‘gender fluid’ is being used more frequently. Even though it’s becoming more commonly discussed, some are not aware of what it means. As we break down the definition, please keep in mind that every gender fluid person views things differently. Every person has the right to decide what they want to call their gender identity.
A person’s internal sense of themselves is their gender identity. They can identify as male, female, or an alternative gender.
Gender fluidity means that someone’s gender expression shifts between masculine and feminine. Gender identification can change over time, meaning a person may identify as a man one day and a woman the next. Someone can also identify as neither or both at the same time. Their gender identity can change over any period, ranging from hours to years. Some gender fluid people feel that their gender changes depending on the situation, and others may feel it’s unpredictable.
Some people may change their appearance to match their gender expression. This can involve changing clothes or body shape with techniques like binding or tucking. Others may not partake in this because their expressions shift more frequently.
This shift can also mean a change in preferred pronouns. While many gender-fluid people prefer they/them pronouns, others may use she/her, him/his or xe/xem/xyr. Preference can change with gender expression.
There are a lot of misconceptions about gender fluidity. It does not determine one’s sexual preference. Although it falls under the umbrella of the term, gender fluidity is not to be confused with non-binary.
It’s important to note that this is different for every person, as gender can mean something different to everyone.