I've been thinking about the 58+ plus genders that don't exist. I think what's happening in society is that we're conflating gender and identity. We all search for meaning and identity, especially during our formative years. These days it's so much easier to slap a label on yourself and decide that you're Elegender as opposed to doing the hard work and coming to term with you really are. I understand why it's attractive to ID as anything other than male/female. It also feeds into narcissism that you're a special and unique snowflake.
I could have said it better myself. I’m a 30 yr transsexual dude and this whole 58+ gender thing is getting ridiculous. I’ve seen people identify as deer, trees, you name it. Now on one hand I really don’t care how they identify but on the other I feel like it’s making a mockery of who trans people who have an actual medical diagnosis (gender dysphoria).
I want to add a new comment. I Googled to find out what the "58 genders" actually are. [eroscoaching.com] Actually, it looks like many of them are just variations of the same ideas.
Here are just two examples I picked:
Cis, Cisgender, Cis Male, Male, Cis Man, Cisgender Man = All mean the same thing.
Female to Male, FTM, Trans, Trans Male, Trans Man, Transgender Male, Transgender Man, Transmasculine, Transsexual Male, Transsexual Man = All more or less mean the same thing. (Though some differentiate transsexual and transgender.)
So, it looks like the "58+ genders" statement is a bit misleading as well.
Thank you! Well said! I can't agree more. I want to add the idea that I think it is mainly very young people who are coming up with these 58+ "genders."
I'm a trans man. I'm 34. When I was in middle school and high school, the trend was for people to identify as witches, werewolves, and vampires. It sounds ridiculous now - and it was. Some decided they were "wiccans" and "pagans." Some decided they were "energy vampires" (so they did not drink blood, they drank energy from other people). And I think werewolves had some sort of emotional transformation at the full moon. I don't really remember and I don't want to think about this any harder than I have to.
Now, I'm not in middle school any more, obviously. And I'm not a teacher and I don't have kids, so I'm extrapolating a bit here based on what I see on the internet. But it seems to me that kids identifying as a special "gender" is pretty much the same thing we did when we were vampires.