haleskarth: A person riding a bicycle with fairy lights woven into the spokes. (Lights entangled.)
Genderqueer FONSFAQ Master List

I have been reading [personal profile] pipisafoat’s Genderqueer FONSFAQ, in particular the sections on presentation and pronouns. I...thought that zie gave me a good springboard with which to discuss the matter of my own genderqueer identity, presentation, and language. This is from the perspective of a member of a plural system, particularly someone who is an active participant and decision-maker.

I am both agendered and androgynous: I do not feel that I have a gender, and I exhibit characteristics that this culture would define as being both masculine and feminine, so you could say that I am “androgynous,” but I feel that my behaviour is simply my being a person, rather than my deriving such behaviour from gendered cultural norms. I like what I like, and it is a reflection of who I am, independent of any gender identity. Politically, I view myself as genderqueer, because I do not identify with the gender binary, and want to create safer spaces for people who do not think that the current bipolar conceptualisation of gender matches their identity. All of these terms describe me: agendered, genderqueer, genderless, androgynous.

I express this, to an extent, in nonplural social contexts in which the atmosphere is obviously favourable towards nonbinary gender identities. While I usually do not talk about being totally genderless (after all, most of my headmates do most certainly have a gender), I do identify myself as genderqueer, and mention that “I” occasionally “fluctuate” to a more neutral identity. It is not strictly true, because I never fluctuate to a gendered position, but when there are several different people presenting as one, we feel that we have to compromise linguistically in order to accommodate people without feeling as though they are “lying.”
Presentation and language under the cut. )
haleskarth: A purple flower. (Default)
"I've heard mentions of neurodiversity and/or neural-generated and I wouldn't mind reading your viewpoints or thoughts on that subject. It's not an area I know a great deal about."

Neurodiversity is the concept that "atypical" forms of brain-wiring should be treated as valid and acceptable in society. This would apply to autistics, plurals, and other people whose brains do not work "typically." Ideologically, it is based on the same principles as ethnic and gender diversity: that is, it is not problematic, necessarily, to diverge from the norm. Rather than pathologising and labelling, we should understand those who experience things a bit differently to be full people, with rights, feelings, wishes, and wants, and the ability to achieve self-determination in society. Even if that difference causes significant struggles—in our case, this brain is autistic, and we also deal with significant anxiety and depression—that does not mean that the emphasis should be on stamping out differences, or curing "defective" and "faulty" people. Rather, it means that society should recognise those differences, and work round that which is difficult without ostracism or rancour.

Neurally generated plurality is, broadly, the concept of plurality being a neural concept, rather than something that is spiritual, theological, or anything similar. That is, the people in a plural system may have arisen through the development of separate sentient, conscious entities within a brain, rather than experiencing walk-ins, ghosts, or other spiritual experiences that people may view as being related to their plurality. I am...largely nonspiritual myself, and feel that I was "neurally generated." This does not make it impossible for people within such groups to have "fictives" or other similar group members: many of us view our form of plurality as being neurally generated, and some of us do have "outsourced" histories. An explanation for that may be "subconscious affinities," or the idea that the brain, for some reason, connected to a particular universe, and it was the story or background with which the person identifies. It is a matter of identity formation within the brain's subjective space, rather than explaining it through other methods. I do not believe that this is the explanation for all forms of plurality: I know that many of you see things differently, applying spiritual, trauma-based, or other philosophies to how your groups came into being.


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