Schrödinger’s Gender.

Someone wrote…

Schrödinger’s Gender:

I exist in a superposition of gender; it is only by interaction with an outside observer that I settle into some semblance of male or female.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?

Posted by on May 1st, 2011 at 08:00 am

Category: your voice 14 comments »

14 Responses to “Schrödinger’s Gender.”

  1. Anonymous

    Haha! I like this.


  2. Nate

    I just might have to borrow this,if you don’t mind.


  3. Elissa Marcelle

    That’s definitely a good explanation of how it feels to be trans. We search for the meaning of gender in our lives, but it is through interaction with the rest of the world that we get to test our own definitions of what it means to be ourselves.


  4. Clare

    But then, the human categories “Male” and “Female” only have reality and significance for humans, in relation to each other, anyway – yup – got that!!!


  5. Jessica

    This is the essential condition of humanity. The binary is an imaginary construct, an irrelevant detail. We all use it, abuse it, disregard it, enforce it to achieve our personal objectives.

    I sometimes wonder, if human beings didn’t have genders, would I be genderqueer, or am I just reacting to a circumstance (an unjust and inaccurate world) that is beyond my control?


  6. The Nerd

    Cool, I’ve always said that they/them is Schrödinger’s Pronoun. That’s why I use they/them for someone of unknown gender. (Of course, I always use the pronouns the person asks me to use.)


  7. Ravyn

    I love this. There are deeper (i.e. more obscure) quantum mechanical ways of mixing incompatible things that I also like to apply to gender.


  8. popvox

    As a geek, I really like this. :D

    When I’m among nerdy computer types, I like to describe my orientation (pansexual) as “platform-agnostic.”*

    *(That is, I don’t see the “platform”/sex/gender of the person I’m interacting with — just the person.)


  9. Clare

    In my case, i DO see the obvious gender of the person that i’m interacting with, but then be careful, and courteous enough to treat them as a person. I find it unrealistic to pretend that all the conditioning has somehow gone away


  10. radical/rebel

    it might be useful if there were better words to differentiate gender identity from gender expression.

    i.e., in reply to Clare–just because you can see (in some ways) a person’s gender, doesn’t mean you know what gender they “are.” but this is the fault of language because gender means so many things in so many ways.


  11. Daniel

    This may just be the most badass thing I’ve ever heard.


  12. Thomas

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I’d like to quote this….


  13. OP

    Aww, glad you all like this. Feel free to borrow/quote/steal at will.


  14. Anonymous

    |gender> = 1/sqrt2(|male>+|female>)


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