gender bender

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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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Not just because she was brash and daring, but also because her jokes were actually funny unlike other genderbenders on TV who were so hung up on their earnest efforts to prove their "bended" point that their jokes had a lot of punches, but no punch line!
They're characterized by some as grimly trying to outmacho the guys, that's whybut the "new" or "more real" Ellen nixed all that, and feistily made viewers laugh out loud at a genderbender "phenom" that they were just beginning to nervously acknowledge.
Underneath the dusty popcorn entertainment, one can witness an upturning of stereotypes and some surprising genderbenders.
The Mirror's tests give proof that production of the genderbenders must be halted, say our research experts Dr Vyvyan Howard and Dr Iain McFadyen.