Language is magical. Out of our words we create a reality. As we name life so are we. Trying to define the indefinable creates binary definitions. For instance trying to describe hot. There is nothing that is 100% hot. How do you describe the degree of hot that is the ultimate hot to you? Nothing is 100 %, hot, cold, light, or, or, or. This same idea is present when we label someone with an adjective or try to designate gender. In no way is a femme 100% femme in bed or in life. There is still a piece of butch residing in her. Pronouns are another way we limit our thinking and world about each other. It is within the grey areas of life that we find the truth. The extremes of binary thinking, either or thought, black and white leave us without depth and color. The stale and flat appearance of binary thinking is like believing the world is flat and it has an edge of no return.
When in a meeting comprised of GLBTQIS members’ pronouns are always introduced when giving our names. To me this is confusing, mainly because I can’t imagine how our gender plays any part in a business meeting. I personally find it hard to say I am her, or CIS, or, or, or. I don’t feel like I am one idea. I am an infinite number of genders depending on the situation at hand and what is needed. I am androgynous, all genders and all degrees of gender at the same time. Because I am consciousness I can call on all or none of what is available to be used. As consciousness my gender is being produced by my actions, thoughts, and beliefs. I have come to see that each of us is a gender unique to our consciousness.
Comprehension of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives usually starts with a mental picture in the mind. Early in life our brain translates these pictures into words we understand. The greater our experience the more pictures we have and thus more language/words to communicate our thoughts and ideas. The greater the grasp of language the more intelligent a person is appears. This is not a real measure of intelligence, as ability comes in an infinite array of concepts. All of this plays into the need for us to come to a new understanding of the organic nature of language and the part it plays in our humanity and freeing us from a binary system.
Reaching out connecting with another is one of the most important behaviors of humanity. It appears that we don’t feel alive without this language connection. And as with any organic matter it is diverse in its meanings and use among similar societies. English and High German are the only two languages that have the ability to create new words and easily change meaning and the context use of words. This ability is so important to the survival of the species (again a kind of diversity evolving) that we have created memes that are invading almost all cultures on our planet. Unless a language diversifies it cannot embrace the changing consciousness of humanity. A good example of this is the Chinese; in order to move into our current age of technology their scientist must learn either German or English as Mandarin has no way of making new words or language to describe the diversity of engineering. In Mandarin they must say, “man who walks among the stars” instead of astronauts. They are left with needing to use English because the form of the language will not diversify enough to accommodate.
The mandate of all life is survival, to communicate, and connect to the changing consciousness. This survival and communication push is forceful enough to go beyond any boundaries that humanity might find important. It transcends culture, family, and religion. The 21st Century phenomenon of memes is a good example of the push of consciousness ideas into every technical culture on earth.
The world of memes is noteworthy for two reasons: it is a worldwide social phenomenon, and memes behave like a mass of infectious flu and cold viruses, traveling from person to person quickly through social media. The memes of English are changing the very structure of culture and consciousness. They are transmitting the new meanings and diversity of the organic changes happening in language of the emerging gender revolution. The changes and revolution that is being created it is no wonder so many sovereignties try to block USA social media. Our memes are changing not only our language and culture, but also those of the technical countries.
Memes are able to transmit meanings that the words have not been able to do so far. A picture crosses language barriers, creates a reality, and allows the person seeing it to create a concept and language meaning within their thinking. I believe that PRIDE parades create a kind of meme for the world. Saying “this is us, all the variety and infinite existence. Even if you kill out one variety of us there are too many now.” Like seeds bursting forth from a pod the growth and revolutions happening around gender can’t be taken back. Without lifting a stick or a gun the revolution began with words, with names the world has yet to fully understand.
Even Capitalism has not been able to swallow up this gender revolution and make money off of it. The diversity of gender has outsmarted the capitalist. There is too much gender diversity to put into a box and label it as a product for sale. Diversity has always been a key to survival. Seeing that language is organic and grows and changes, understanding all organic life is complicated but in the end the simplicity and harmony of life prevails. The capitalistic way of annihilating creative life by labeling and wrapping it in a box to be sold is gone. The recent laws enacted against transgender beings and bathrooms, abortion, and immigration are simply the screams of a dying beast whose life of destruction is about to end.
© 2019 Suzanne Deakins from Sexual Fluidity The Gender Revolution