- Gender bender
Gender bender is an informal term used to refer to a person who actively transgresses, or "bends," expected
gender roles. Boy Georgeis called a "gender bender" because of his tendency to wear make-up and clothes perceived as feminine.Gender bending is a form of social activism in response to assumptions or over-generalisations about genders.Some gender benders identify with the gender assigned them at birth, but challenge the norms of that gender through androgynous behavior and atypical gender roles.Gender benders may self-identify as transgenderor genderqueer, feeling that the genderassigned to them at their birth is an inaccurate or incomplete description of themselves; some are transsexualand desire to change their physical sexthrough hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery, while others were born intersexual. Others may identify as Two-Spiritor members of a third gender.
Fiction and art
In fiction, the term "gender bender" may refer not only to characters modeled after real-life gender benders, but also to characters who undergo changes in their physical sex – magically or otherwise – throughout the story. One example of this is the
animeand mangaseries Ranma ½, which features a main character who regularly switches from male to female due to a magic curse.
A work of art which challenges gender roles or features gender bending or transgender characters may itself be referred to as a "gender bender."
In the television series "
Futurama", Bender becomes an Ultimate Fighting Robot wrestler named 'The Gender Bender' in the episode " Raging Bender".
A historical and well-studied example of "gender bending" in English narrative is Shakespeare's "
In the novel "
The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula LeGuin, characters have neutral sex for most of their lives, but take on either male or female characteristics when in heat.
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gender bender — gender .bender n informal someone who behaves or dresses in a way typical of the opposite sex … Dictionary of contemporary English
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gender bender — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms gender bender : singular gender bender plural gender benders informal someone, especially an entertainer, who dresses and behaves like a person of the opposite sex … English dictionary
gender bender — gender bending, adj. Informal. one, as a cross dresser, that blurs differences between the sexes. [1980 85] * * * … Universalium