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gender bender

1. One who dresses and/or behaves in the manner or style of the opposite sex. Tom works as an accountant during the week, but he has a performance routine as a gender bender on the weekend.
2. One who challenges, denies, or explores the borders or limitations of gender identity, typically through means such as activism, transvestitism, academic discourse, etc., or a combination thereof. Some of the leading academic gender benders are gathering this week for a summit on transgender rights.
See also: bender, gender

gender bending

1. modifier (hyphenated and used before a noun) Literally, causing a change in the sexual assignment of a person or animal. Scientists are developing a gender-bending chemical procedure to induce artificial hermaphroditism in insects.
2. modifier (hyphenated and used before a noun) Assuming the roles, appearance, or manner of the opposite sex. This novel features a gender-bending protagonist who, at various stages in the story, moves between gender identities.
3. noun The discourse or practice of challenging, denying, or exploring the borders or limitations of gender identity, typically through means such as activism, transvestitism, academic discourse, etc., or a combination thereof. Some of the leading academics in gender bending are gathering this week for a summit on transgender rights.
See also: bend, gender

play the gender card

To dismiss or discredit an opinion, argument, position, action, decision, etc., as being the product of prejudice against one's gender. The candidate played the gender card as an explanation for why her polls were much lower recently, claiming that the media has been giving her less visibility than her male opponents simply because she is a woman. I hate it when casual misogynists try to brush off legitimate criticism by claiming that you're just "playing the gender card."
See also: card, gender, play

gender gap

A broad difference between men and women, as in There is still an enormous gender gap in the wages of unskilled labor. This expression at first referred to the difference between men and women in voting preferences. It has since been extended to other areas. [1970s]
See also: gap, gender

gender-bender

1. n. a device that changes electrical plugs or sockets to the opposite gender—male to female, female to male. You need what’s called a gender-bender to match those plugs.
2. mod. having to do with something that obscures male/female distinctions. Those gender-bender hairstyles can be confusing.
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The New Jersey Senate is expected to vote this week on S1967, the "Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage Act," which redefines marriage as genderless without the consent of New Jersey voters.
I don't know about banning the word, but I would be keen on seeing it used to mean a genderless 'with the attributes of a boss'.
Companies such as OCC have further simplified the genderless design with user friendly mating interfaces (the company's EZ-Mate family) capable of "blind mate" and/or applications that require thousands of mating cycles.
Other works include small, floaty, fairly genderless characters, expressing what France called her love of life.
The Scot went to Australia's highest court for the right to be genderless.
According to IEEE, though the robot is genderless, it has been designed to have female characteristics.
Street children are not ageless, and they are not genderless.
Particularly representative of Preuss Grew's modus operandi is the enchanting composition entitled Lost in Thought and Debris, where a solitary genderless figure, almost concealed by the large setting of brownish clay, walks absent mindedly towards a large white spot (the debris?
Pejic was born male and now identifies as genderless, and is most well-known among a group of other noteworthy up-and-coming transgender models like Lea T, Claudia Charriez, and Isis King.
Bottom-heavy, nameless and genderless -- yet closer to a her, than a him -- Yousef says he knows her intimately.
The concern is that redefining marriage as a genderless institution will sever its abiding connection to its historic traditional procreative purposes and it will .
All advocacy for genderless marriage is built upon a narrow view that marriage is no more than love and friendship, security for adults and their children, economic protection, and public affirmation of commitment.
Male feminism is a human movement designed to educate men about the feminine principle and its genderless characteristics of love, harmony, liberty, and cooperation.
From Gallagher's perspective, Corvino's definition of marriage is radical because it is genderless and purposeless.
The prevailing pre-Vatican II image of the average nun was pretty standard-brand: Nuns, by and large, were seen as pious, retiring, docile, genderless and anonymous figures.