I’ve been Meme’d! This page was written over a decade ago and has recently gone viral via social media with the #63Genders hashtag. However, it has outdated and/or wrong terminology and is in the process of being rewritten with updated terminology. To address the most common feedback I’ve gotten on the page, I’ve added to this section with some more timely and expanded information based on the latest scientific research.
UPDATE: To the delight of some and the horror of others, I’ve updated the original categories and corrected an error in grouping, with a new total of 81 Genders using this system. Enjoy!
- Basic ideas that are not actually as simple as you think they are
- People who may be different than you
- Sesquipedalian words
- Apache Attack Helicopters
(special feature section at the bottom of the page)
Let’s talk about Sex, baby
Man: “Sex and Gender are the same thing!”
Woman: “So do you want to have Gender with me?”
There are typically two described sexes, Male and Female. That sounds pretty simple and obvious, right? However, you still need to define by what criteria you define something as Male or Female. If you say “Male is a person with a penis” and “female is someone with a vagina” there are people who have both penises AND vaginas in the same naturally occurring body. There are also people with indeterminate genders, such as micro-penises, macro-clitorises, no vagina and no penis and other not-frequently-occurring but still natural combinations. Likewise if you substitute “ovaries” or “uterus” for “vagina” in the definition. Google “intersex” for all the information you may want to find. Maybe you want to define “sex” genetically as “Male has an XY chromosome pair” and “Female has an XX chromosome pair” that still does not account for other chromosomal arrangements that appear naturally, though less frequently, in nature, such as X, Y, XXY, XXYY, XXX, XXXX and XXXXX. You can also have people with XX chromosomes who physically present as male (XX males) or vice versa (XY females). For a starting reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/
Humans, as well as some other organisms, can have a chromosomal arrangement that is contrary to their phenotypic sex; for example, XX males or XY females (see androgen insensitivity syndrome). Additionally, an abnormal number of sexchromosomes (aneuploidy) may be present, such as Turner’s syndrome, in which a single X chromosome is present, and Klinefelter’s syndrome, in which two X chromosomes and a Y chromosome are present, XYY syndrome and XXYY syndrome. Other less common chromosomal arrangements include: triple X syndrome, 48, XXXX, and 49, XXXXX.
You can not simply dismiss these less-common genetic combinations as “not counting” because they don’t fit into the commonly held oversimplification of human sexuality. Even classifying them as abnormal, disorders or mutations does not remove the fact that they exist and are deserving of consideration in an overall view of sexuality and genetics.
Nature also creates Chimeras and Mosaics, which are individuals with multiple sets of DNA in different parts of their bodies. Examples include the case of a Human Male+Female Chimera, strikingly obvious as well as common naturally occurring chimeras and mosaic that you probably never knew, such as calico and tortoiseshell cats (such as this rare male tortoiseshell calico cat) and almost any twin cattle has some mixing of two different sets of DNA, the most apparent version being Freemartins.
If you are a woman who has been pregnant, you may now be a chimera as well, as male DNA (from fetal cells) have been repeatedly found in women’s bodies after pregnancy. If you have received an organ transplant, you are now a chimera, as you have both your own original DNA and the DNA of the donated organ as part of your body.
The most striking form of chimera is the Bilateral Gynandromorph, which displays it’s obvious male and female attributes right down the middle. To even further complicate things, there is also asexual reproduction, which, being neither male nor female, could be considered a third sex (not-male and not-female).
There is also so recent research that there may be other sexes in more complex social insect societies: A major evolutionary transition to more than two sexes?
And here’s a seven-sexed organism: Zoologger: The hairy beast with seven fuzzy sexes. Its seven sexes are rather prosaically named I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII. An individual of a given sex can mate with individuals of any except its own, so there are 21 possible sexual orientations.
There is also a fungus with over 28,000 sexes. There are a number of animals which exhibit both male and female traits, contain both sets of genitals and a number of animals can completely change to the opposite sex depending on environmental conditions.
Gender: Not just Sex
I am using the definition of Gender as shown on Wikipedia:
Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. Depending on the context, these characteristics may include biological sex (i.e. the state of being male, female or an intersex variation which may complicate sex assignment), sex-based social structures (including gender roles and other social roles), or gender identity. Some cultures have specific gender roles that can be considered distinct from male and female, such as the hijra (chhaka) of India and Pakistan.
This definition of Gender is frequently used in scholarly work, as a Google Scholar search for “gender vs sex” will demonstrate.
nationalgeographic.com/2013/ 09/22/7-gender-bending- animals/
photos-of-animals-that-prove- theres-nothing-natural-about- traditional-gender-roles
Search around for “multiple sexes” and similar keywords for more, if you’re interested. And now back to the original post…
Due to different combinations of Male and Female attributes, people tend to naturally gravitate to using either Yin or Yang energy depending on their gender. However, “gender” is a much broader array of attributes than most people realize. Through the practice and use of using both Yin and Yang energies, you can increase the power and flexibility of your magical workings.
Much conflict in modern social development is centered around the concept of there being two genders and that “allowed” combinations of those two. If there were more than just two genders, this conflict would not be nearly as polarized as it is today.
Well, you’re in luck, because I say there are a lot more than two genders. I say that even in a fairly simple system of identifying genders, there are at least
Sixty-Three (63) Eighty-one (81) gender combinations, because gender is more specific than simply the genitalia attached to your body. (That is your “sex”).
To examine Gender (as opposed to Sex) I use a more specific definition than is typically used. Here I am breaking down Gender into three broad aspects based on the Physical, Personality and Preferences that the individual person exhibits. Each of these categories is then further broken down into three options:
Categories can be further broken down into: Culturally Male, Culturally Female and Culturally Non-Binary. I say “Culturally” because the surrounding culture determines it’s own gender norms, and these norms vary by community, place and culture. If you look at someone and can’t quickly tell if they are culturally male or female, or they have broad swings between the culturally male and female attributes, that would be Culturally Non-Binary. From these combinations of attributes, a person’s gender can be identified with much more precision than previously available.
The Physical aspect describes physical presentation according to cultural norms. Broadly broken down into Culturally Male, Culturally Female and Intersex (which may have either penis or vagina, both or less common variations of either/none/both (as discussed in the sections above)). The physical presentation is determined by the person’s visible appearance in regards to the surrounding cultural. In CIS individuals the culturally male people have penises and the culturally female have vaginas. With Trans individuals the culturally male people have vaginas and the culturally female have penises. (For cultures that define more than the two binary options, these options are not listed here to keep it from becoming even more complex, though they have existed through history in a variety of cultures).
The Personality aspect is descriptive of their typical behavior in life, either typically culturally male pursuits and interests, typically culturally female ones or an relatively balanced mix of both (culturally non-binary).
The Preference aspect is descriptive of is how they express themselves emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually. Specifically, are they sexually and/or emotionally attracted to the cultural male presentation, culturally female or culturally non-binary. There is also the asexual (who don’t experience sexual attraction) and aromantic (who don’t experience romantic attraction) categories that are not included on this simplified list.
Here is a breakdown listing each combination of Physical, Personality and Preferential groups:
|1||Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|2||Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|3||Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|4||Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|5||Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|6||Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|7||Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|8||Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|9||Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|10||Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|11||Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|12||Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary|
|13||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|14||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|15||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|16||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|17||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|18||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|19||Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|20||Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|21||Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|22||Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|23||Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|24||Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|25||Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|26||Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|27||Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|28||Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|29||Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary|
|30||Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary|
|31||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|32||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|33||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|34||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|35||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|36||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|37||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|38||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|39||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|40||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|41||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|42||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|43||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|44||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|45||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|46||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|47||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary|
|48||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary|
|49||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|50||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|51||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|52||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|53||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|54||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|55||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|56||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|57||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|58||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|59||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|60||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|61||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|62||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|63||Intersex, Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|64||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|65||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|66||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|67||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|68||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|69||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|70||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|71||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|72||Intersex, Culturally Male||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
|73||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Female|
|74||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Male|
|75||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female||Culturally Non-Binary|
|76||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|77||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Female|
|78||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male||Culturally Male|
|79||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Female|
|80||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Male|
|81||Intersex, Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary||Culturally Non-Binary|
This is the simplest and most “accessible” version of the Gender categories as I have broken it down. However, there are some expansions that would make it more complete, but would lose some value in the added complexity. I will be putting up a another chart in the future that will include an additional “asexual” category.
I have not been able to find any examples of asexuality in human physicality, personality, though a complete lack of attraction to others may constitute an asexual personality type.
Additionally, the Preferences category is simplified, including only options for Male, Female and Androgenous. To be complete, I would also break out the Preference category to have separate options for each of the 63 genders defined (any gender may be attracted to any other gender). However, this would end up with a chart with nearly 4000 genders, which, while technically accurate and complete, would be rather large for this page.
As you can see, this view of Gender provides much more flexibility in providing labels (when you want to use them). It also illustrates that there is a gender diversity, even within the typical narrow view of “two genders”.
It is my hope that this might help in some way making discrimination based on gender less of a problem.
It is easy to discriminate when there are only two possible gender options in your world-view.
However, when you consider that there are many more than that, it makes the whole idea of discrimination against one group or another a bit sillier and more arbitrary-seeming.
Apache Attack Helicopters (Helisexuals)
Because this is the meme-filled internet, and we want to be inclusive, I felt I should address the recent rise in Apache Attack Helicopter helisexuality online with an additional entry.
|Apache Attack Helicopter (helisexual)
Regardless of if you believe helisexuality is caused by nature, nurture or both, ultimately they don't choose to need sweater-vest shredding rotors and awkward underarm Hellfire missile launchers. It is who they are.
Despite being thoroughly debunked by the very person who invented "helisexual conversion therapy" for this (who later came out as a helisexual, himself), some whack-job proponents still claim that this can be "cured" by spending 366 consecutive days without internet access and removing all ceiling fans from your house.
According to almost every example I've seen, these people are simply afraid of helisexuals, typically because they themselves are attracted to the erotic whoosh of whirling composite blades, but are unable to admit it to themselves.
Not comfortable in their own fuselage (skin), they project this fear onto others and then (ironically) attack other Apache attack helicopters in projected internalized self-loathing. If they can come to a place of accepting their own helisexuality, their lives will be much more enjoyable and those around them will no longer have to bear the brunt of their anwarranted, misdirected missile attacks.
Want to Help Out?
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