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gender bender

1. One who dresses and/or behaves in a manner or style associated with another gender. 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 by various means. Some of the leading academic gender benders are gathering this week for a summit on transgender rights.
3. In electronics, an adapter that has either two male or two female connectors and is used to change the gender of a plug. If that's a male connector, we'll need to get a gender bender to finish this job.
See also: bender, 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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Dr Dixon added: "Examples of the gender-bending effect are male fish becoming feminised and producing egg protein, and dog whelks developing male sex organs.
If the set-up were not ridiculous enough ( girl poses as her twin brother so she can play football at his prep school ( director Andy Fickman shows a red card to subtlety and encourages his leading lady to overact, to the point the others look stupid for ignoring the gender-bending deception staring them in the face.
The director ignores subtlety and encourages his leading lady to overact so much other characters look stupid for ignoring the gender-bending deception facing them.
(Hicks was reportedly the inspiration for Shel Silverstein's gender-bending country ballad "A Boy Named Sue") They, in turn, brought in Scopes.
Lib Dem Environment spokesman Norman Baker, who exposed the free NHS breast ops, said: "I am concerned that gender-bending chemicals are causing men to grow breasts and have lower sperm counts.
Babies in the womb are being contaminated with hazardous chemicals, flame retardants, perfumes and other gender-bending substances, according to a report out today.
Michael Bailey published his book 'The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism' in March this year.
She takes Annie beyond the usual gender-bending heroine mold and instead shows the inner passions of a young woman responsible for everything and everyone in her life.
Le Soir also suggests Gwyneth Paltrow (in what would be a daring gender-bending role) and Jean-Claude Van Damme could be ideal for the role of Tintin.
Now, others are questioning whether androstenedione is the gender-bending agent.
They normalized, privatized, and defanged the rebellious, gender-bending, antimilitarist ten dencies among young Germans.
It's possible that the man in the gay chat room who told me the story about gender-bending was making it up.
The book allows us to see this culture through the (mostly) literary representations of same-gender sexual relations, cross-dressing, and gender-bending taxonomies.
fighting over Jesus Christ for their personal savior and running mate; Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?; California's passage of its Preemptive Prejudice Initiative on how marriage should be arranged; Oscar hoopla over the gender-bending Boys Don't Cry; the continued vilification of Hillary Clinton; and John McCain's suicide bomber attack on fundamentalists after the South Carolina primary.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has warned the chemical industry not to stand in the way of EU action on gender-bending, hormone-mimicking chemicals.
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