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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 phrase that can be applied to any socioeconomic difference that exists between men and women. I really hope Maureen's big raise helps to lessen the gender gap in wages at this company.
See also: gap, gender

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


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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In high traffic areas where the risk of damage to installed cabling is elevated, spare assemblies, fitted with genderless connectors, can be stored to allow for fast and easy replacement with minimal interruption to operations.
Transgender texts are discursive places where gender is constantly renamed and problematized by means of naming practices that can be classified as follows: a) the same name is maintained for both male and female referents; b) names are changed from masculine to feminine and vice versa; c) gendered names are avoided in favour of genderless or hermaphroditic ones; d) names are avoided tout court.
In fact, ambiguity is part of classical Persian poems created deliberately by the poet by exploiting the genderless nature of the language, and unless he chooses to reveal his intentions--such as in Attar's case and his poems about Christian-boy-love for the intention of religious divisions and conversion from one faith to another (Lewis, 2009)--it is hard to get rid of it.
25mm genderless termini, which are increasingly preferred in new fiber optic systems.
It so happens that both sexes suffer in a genderless office
In "Savoir Faire Savoir Vivre" Nikki van Klees's story is told most fully by an unnamed genderless and unknowable character whose anonymity somehow manages to add additional credibility to the tale.
AoAuNorrie May-Welby, who became the first person in the world to be classified as genderless after officials in New South Wales, Australia, altered May-WelbyAAEs birth certificate to specify the neutral gender
Nilofer's Imagine , a sort of triptych of black and white sketches is funny, especially the one where there are three toilet rows -- men, women, and clean and genderless.
The Factual Basis of the Case for Genderless Marriage C.
When introducing business contacts, consider people to be genderless and ageless.
Sascha Bru also foregrounds an approach that detaches the avant-garde from practical politics and reconfigures its relationship with the political by relating it to the treatment of political issues which could not be dealt with by practical politics; he cites as examples the Czech artist Toyen's project of a genderless society or Dada's vision of a 'New Man'.
The connectors feature modular, interchangeable, color-coded and genderless housings, providing safe, simple and low-cost solutions for power interconnection, according to the company.
The individual, universal citizen at the (moral) core of liberalism is a subject that is posited as abstract through time, dehistoricized and invariably raceless and genderless.
But what attracted Latino Leaders magazine to this show is not so much the concept of the story as the fact that its main character, a genderless being called AlmuKataB, is played by an extraordinarily talented young Latino named Jacobo Espina Conde, who brings his magic touch to Cirque du Soleil courtesy of Madrid, Spain.
These connectors share a common, genderless housing design.