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On the recognition of the non-binary gender identity

Viktor Stuyck, February 2, 2022.

Interdisciplinary Studies – Gender Studies

Abstract: The term ‘non-binary’ became increasingly well-known and widely spread over the past few years, this however does not mean that it has been properly recognized, let alone emancipated. This essay looks at the recognition of the non-binary gender identity by dominant systems and its shortcomings on a structural level. A focus is put on the history of non-binary identities around the world, the influence of Western-(European) culture and imperialism and the structural flaws of a system that uses an ‘X’ or ‘other’ gender category. Examining these reveals that non-binary approaches of gender have existed for a long time but were largely dominated by (Western) binary power structures and imperialist tendencies. The decisions made by dominant systems to acknowledge the rising demand for recognition of these identities has been counterproductive and confines people back into a binary rather than granting them the emancipation they long for.

Keywords. — Gender identity, non-binary approach, gender category, emancipation.

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Viktor Stuyck

Bachelor’s student of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. With his background in visual arts, he has always preferred an interdisciplinary approach to studying the subjects surrounding and interesting him.

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