A wonderous fuck-ton of human gender identity references.
(I’ll give a shout-out to my transsexual friend who is sitting with me as I write the following [she wants me to mention she’s MTF, to whom it may concern]…)
Defining gender is quite difficult due to our limited vocabulary and lack of strict allusions to gender. Some cultures define it via genitalia, others by behaviour and social roles, a few by sexual roles/sexuality, some by what/who you’re attracted to, a few by how you dress, etcetera. For the sake of this being an anatomical art post, we’ll go by visual differences and behavioural differences. Starting in the transgender catagory… When drawing someone who is transgender, know how far that individual is willing to go to look the part. Is this person satisfied with cross-dressing and/or chest-binding (FTM) / tucking (MTF), or is s/he gonna go all the way surgery-wise? These surgeries are often quite expensive (if you go to a good place; in some countries, it can cost less than a tank of gas [some people will be satisfied with such results]), but a few places allow insurance to cover it all. For FTM (female to male) transitions, popular surgeries include breast reduction, the removal of the ovaries and/or womb, and phalloplasty (elongation/creation of a dick [please note that the womb and ovaries are required to be taken out before the vagina is sewn shut]). For MTF transitions, breast enhancers are added, there’s permanent hair removal in some areas, and vaginoplasty (removal of dick and creation of a vagina). Those are just the most sought-out. Really delve into it if you’re going the distance. In both cases, it’s often required that the individual be on hormones for a year or more before undergoing surgery. There are some things that don’t change easily while transitioning; bone structure being the most prominent. I’ve been told that the hardest part to pass for FTM is the hips and for MTF it’s muscle. And, quite often, the younger you begin hormone therapy, the easier it is to pass as the gender you’re transitioning to later on. The want to switch genders most often doesn’t come from the individual’s sexual attractions, but rather his/her discomfort in his/her own body. People who are transsexual undergo surgery to be comfortable with their body. A man transitioning into a woman can still be attracted to women, and vice versa. But some people just want to dress in drag and occasionally (if not always) want to be viewed as the opposite gender without changing his/her body. I’ve personally done drag twice, and I’m Asian, so I pass pretty well. ;]
Which leads into the next section of genderqueer. More often than not, this pertains to individuals who don’t conform to a known gender (male or female, typically) and identifies with a variant gender, several genders, or with none at all. People identifying with a non-binary (non-cis) gender may or may not undergo surgeries; some may have both a dick and breasts or will reduce the size of both, along with several forms of plastic surgery that alter various other bodily structures and sizes. Or ze may just dress androgynously.
People who are genderqueer are quite often mistaken for one gender or another, or some may just refer to zir as “them” or “they” (which is not grammatically correct, but generally accepted). Because said individuals can be seen as either gender, this often means they’re not as muscularly toned, they behave androgynously (with feminine and masculine mannerisms), and/or do things someone with their natural-born gender wouldn’t normally do (which is why many gay men and women in the past [and even to this day] were considered to be the opposite gender; gay men were thought to be feminine and gay women masculine… it was thought that masculinity and femininity were determined via genitalia, which isn’t often the case). But there are many ramifications to the gender spectrum, so do some thorough research. There’s a phenomenal variety of identities, so they’re worth checking out.
Cisgender (Identifying with the gender you’re born into; whether by genitals and/or social roles.)
Transgender (Becoming or dressing like a gender you’re not born into.)
- FTM (Female to Male)
- MTF (Male to Female)
- Drag King
- Drag Queen
Genderqueer (Altering between genders or not identifying with any gender.)
- Thirdgender/Other gender
Here’s a great fashion post of a gender-fluid/androgynous individual:
And a note on pronouns:
Females, MTF, man in drag: She, her
Males, FTM, woman in drag: He, his, him
Gender neutral: Ze (equivalent to he/she), zir (equivalent to his/her)
[From various sources]