We are in most part born male or female, this is determined by most people at conception with either a x or y sperm joining an egg which will have an x or xx. Other genetic factors can send xx or xy embryos in other directions, as can hormone exposure. These dont make up a biological sex spectrum that runs from male to female which is shown like this.At birth sex is determined, and if it can’t be further tests are done, and then a sex will be assigned and sex assignment surgery may be done. A false sex binary is not created as sex in most cases is binary and those who develop in other directions have physical complications in worst cases and most can’t reproduce. Some need hormone replacement and if left untreated may develop other conditions from hormone excess or deficiency. The sex binary does not represent a binary which needs to be overcome, instead more awareness of those who don’t fit it, and treatment in line with what they want.
Sex role scripts are what’s assigned to each sex. These are not a spectrum, they are binary and consist of many things which do run along spectrums naturally. Males are socialized into the masculine script and females into the feminine script. The core of the sex roles scripts is the division of the instrumental and expressive personality traits. This it whats done.
Instrumental and expressive are first set up as a binary, and relabeled masculine and feminine traits and the behaviours which stem from them become masculine and feminine behaviours. Then roles are build opon thse behavioural expectations, people who have traits outside their sex role expectations are expected to supress them or view them as negative leading to things considered good in one sex being seen as not so good in another. For example being desisive translates to decision making in men and in women it may be called fussy or choosy. Another in men never get labeled as independant men, in the way women get labeled independent women because men by default are expected to be independant. Women get policed for showing traits accociated with strength in males, and male get policed for showing the traits expected by default in women. This is because when instrumental and expressive traits are coded as masculine and feminine they become viewed as antagonistic to each other and when one has one set its assumed they will lack the other and be less effective at preforming their sex role or less willing to comply. The coding of these core traits by sex is so ingrained in society that people are lead to believe they have a masculine side or a feminine side based on the presence of these traits or on disires to do behaviours that stem from them.
To maintain the status of males in relation to females the traits allocated to females are then degraded, i.e the expressive traits. Males with lots of expressive traits will find they feel boxed in by whats expected of them, they may get typed as feminine and end up not feeling secure in their maleness as a result of not fitting with masculinity. Women with more of the instrumental traits will find they are accused of wanting to be men, or told they are men. All this keeps the illusion of the sexes having opposite natures and interests and therefore being suited to different roles due to their different abilities intact. The fact that the expressive traits get coded feminine and then degraded means that men with expressive traits are viewed as lower ranking, get called things like “pussy ” , “mangina” , “effemenate” and even “woman” , the idea behind this is to make him feel lower in status, to the status of women. Most radical feminists think the reason these men are hurt by this is because they are mysogynistic and hurt at the loss of their place in the male hierarchy, in part this is true. I think though that an overlooked factor is at play and that overlooked factor is core sex identity, that core sex identity gets hurt by the constant referenced to not being a real man and this caused a type of dysphoria and in some a need for their self as a man to be confirmed. I also think in some cases this can lead to what is now termed “gender dysphoria”. The thing that tells me core sex identity is real and its this that hurts men who get labeled feminine more then any dislike of being accociated with women it that a similar pattern appears in many women when they are made to feel masculine, if it was just about status then by default all women would get a boost from being told they are masculine, but this is not the case what instead happens as it leads to dysphoria.
When displaying the products of expressive traits one may feel feminine, or effeminate and when displaying the products of instrumental traits one may feel or be told they are masculine. Some try and combine the two and call it androgynous, this is hard work and impossible because sex role scripts first divide the traits and then they add things to them which makes them incompatible, like associating them with biological sex. So wanting to step out in your own direction, and take the lead not also means being cold and distant, logic becomes emotionally detached. The woman scientist is seen as emotionally detached less sociable, not because she spends all the time in the lab and has less social time, but because by nature of being female she is expected now to be expressive in everything she does. Her going home at the end of the day and been seen as no different from someone who spent the day in a nursery, as far as authenticity as a woman goes is made impossible. So instead she may find she has to compensate and walk around smiling all day, which of course is expressive, as is dressing in more elaborate clothing. Which is why men are as a rule not to wear elaborate clothing, and when they do they are seen feminine, its because that clothing is expressive.
Instrumental clothing are things made more for a function, and fit in a way thats practical, not too baggy or tight for the task at hand, you know like mens sports wear. Not too bright in colour unless it needs to be for a functional reason, fabric is made to suit conditions and pockets are located for the task of what needs to be put in them and in places which dont get in the way of body movements. Expressive clothing may be made from the perspective of decoration of the body, colours to suit how one feels and fabrics which have emotional content, pockets wont be added in places which spoil the overall intended image. Pockets that are non functional may be added to create an instrumental look (as in womens jeans). The clothing is made under the assumption that men will be doing functional tasks, won’t want to show off their body unless its athletically and competitively (as women dont look, sorry revised, women know they are not meant to be looking) with other men or to show dominance. Meanwhile the women will be going around looking for colours to suit their mood, tactile interactional fabrics which spark conversation (where did you get that), clothing which would tear as the slightest activity and lacking in pockets because they need a bag anyways. Also that womens shoes need only be practical enough for the school run where she will take child stept, as other times she will either be barefoot in the house or tottering about on heels. If she runs then they will make her trainers pink, or white because she will be staying out the mud and will be less likely to scuff them.
The clothing also acts to reinforce the behaviours expected in the sex role scripts, and creates the visual display to allow women to be sexualized in the way written in the sex role scripts at the time.
The problem with the queer gender spectrum is that it is a stretched out version of sex role script created ideas of what males and females form of expression should be. It also links these things directly with biology, when infact they are linked indirectly.
What the trans spectrums would look like if social gender was removed.
Sex identity expression
What i think is that spectrums should be done away with and a new way of looking at sex identity needs to emerge, one not linked up with the social gender created by sex role scripts.
Sex identity could be a very real and valid thing, its something most non transsexuals need assistance finding.