/Gender binary

The binary model of gender is based on the assumption that there are only two genders – “male” and “female” – and that “male” and “female” bodies are the norm. As a result of this assumption there are ladies’ and gents’ toilets, women’s and men’s fashion, men’s and women’s sport-teams that play in their own men’s or women’s leagues. Those who live outside this designation – like many intersex and non-binary people – cannot access these clearly segregated spaces and will not be named or considered. Therefore, they are excluded or forced to conform to the binary model.

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