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A genderless society, a world in which gender has no presence, may be idealistic. However, is it attainable?

by Sindu Vipparthy

On October 4 of 2019, Scientific American published “It’s Time for a World Without Gender”. In this article, the author, Daphna Joel, detailed the irrelevance of gender profiling and how our ideal society would be one without this social construct.

It was a world in which humans would be able to have a higher degree of free will and would be treated according to who they are instead of what form of genitals they have.

However, our society is gender-based. It has set certain roles for those of each gender and has preserved these roles for as long as we can remember. Children grow up, essentially corralled into these boxes, and are taught to not step outside these boundaries due to the risk of being classified as “weird”. Therefore, in a world where gender constructs run so deep, a society without them is essentially intangible.

But if it somehow was tangible, is it reasonable? Would it be something a majority of people in our society would support? Would it eliminate these limitations that we have to face on a day-to-day basis due to the form of genitals we have? Would permanently coming out of this box be a beautiful phenomenon like we’d expect?

And that’s where the trilemma is presented. Is a world without gender viable? Or is it something that those in our contemporary society would rather not have? Or is there perhaps a neutral stance?

Genderless Perspective.

Side note: I will be using Reddit users’ insights from a post on the r/transgender subreddit to get both sides of this argument.

As the author describes in the article, this complex system surrounding gender constructs is inessential to our existence. Rather, without this system, we could judge people based on who they are as a person and offer them opportunities that we see fit for their range of potential.

Furthermore, Joel references the fact that women and men do not belong to two distinct classes as the characteristics in which those of each gender differ would need to line up. The only key factor that does line up is from a physical perspective in which female and male individuals have different forms of genitals. Therefore, the rest of the differences, mainly factors based on an individual’s brain and behavior, do not add up. Instead, individuals of both genders have a mix of male and female traits. As stated, very few individuals possess only female-typical or only male-typical traits, which implies that the majority of people in our society have traits from a wide spectrum. Enforcing a system in which people are divided into two distinct classes (male and female) when the majority doesn’t fit into it is pointless, solely forcing people from the majority to struggle with obsolete gender constructs.

Additionally, this utopia would be idealistic for some who are gender non-conforming. According to a Reddit user on the r/transgender subreddit, the expression of binary gender is mainly influenced by our society. Therefore, with no pressure to conform to these standards, we’d find that the majority of people fall “around the gradient” while the minority who does possess only female-typical or only male-typical traits would be the “outliers”. When humans who have characteristics from all sides of the spectrum, no matter the gender they identify as, are forced into this box of limitations, it has a profound impact on how our society is structured, often being more harmful than beneficial.

For example, many issues based on gender constructs, such as higher rates of sexual assault and lower rates of education and representation in positions of power for women would be ideally eliminated. The plethora of gender-based problems, those that have an impact on our society, would no longer have an impact due to the absence of gender.

However, some might argue that gender constructs are a result of the two sexes that people are categorized into when they are born. Joel, in response to this, explains that since sex is a factor that cannot be avoided, it creates more of a reason to loosen the grip gender constructs have on peop