Gender Wednesday, 1 July, 2009Posted by ~uh~™ in Internet, Soceity & Cultures.
Tags: Beau, Bird, Chap, Damsel, Digg, Dude, Fellow, Female, form, Gender, Gentleman, Girl, grrrl, Guy, Lady, Male, option, Sex, Transgender
Today I was trying to register myself into Digg.com. On clicking the link provided with the registration verification email the following window popped up. I was supposed to fill up ‘what’ am I as an ‘optional’ information.
Honestly I was taken aback to see the list of options. There was a time I had to choose between two options. Not anymore!
First, I thought of choosing ‘male’ and get going. But then I thought, by simple saying ‘male’ wont be information enough. So I decided to do a little introspection and quick research on the net to find out the difference between a Dude, Fellow, Chap, Gentleman, Male, Guy and Beau. Obviously forced by my primal instinct I also found out about the difference between a Girl, Lady, Bird, grrrl, Damsel, Beau and Female. Transgender probably was the easiest to comprehend!
Here goes my understanding with illustrations for easy understanding.
Dude: A slang term used to refer to a friend or partner. The term dude generally refers to a man who is kind of dandy characterized by an ultrafashionable style of dress and other affectations.
Fellow: In the broadest sense is someone who is buddy or a friend. A member of a literary or scientific society; A companion; a comrade; an associate; a partner; a sharer.
Beau: A man who takes great care to dress in the latest fashion. A man who escorts, or pays attentions to, a lady; an escort; a lover.
Gentleman: In its original and strict signification, denoted a man of good family. It also signified a man with an income derived from property, a legacy or some other source, and was thus independently wealthy and did not need to work.
Guy: Man, in slang.
Now to satisfy the primal instinct, types of the fairer sex goes as following-
Girl: A female human from birth through childhood and adolescence. A young woman.
Grrrl: Short form of Riot Girl, an underground feminist punk based on third wave feminism.
Damsel: A beautiful young woman (of noble birth); a maiden (as in without sexual experience) who is usually under distress.
Transgender: People who were assigned a sex, usually at birth and based on their genitals, but who feel that this is a false or incomplete description of themselves and decide to chose their gender (or absence of it). Depending on the sexual orientation they can be either heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, or asexual.
None of the above: None of the above.
After a careful self intropsection, I think I will select ‘Dude’ for me. What are you ?
You can also try the Gender Analyzer.