Gender Binary

Gender binary, (bi=2), refers to the idea that humankind are divided into only two sexes. The second last digit of Swedish personal identity number is a practical example of gender binary, in which odd number indicates that the person’s legal gender is male and even number stands for female. The view of gender as something binary defines trans persons as deviant, according to the gender binary norms. Gender binary is a prerequisite for the heteronorm, which is the assumption that heterosexuality – that women desire only men, and vice versa – is natural and applies to all people.


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