Aporagender vs maverique (is there a difference?)

In this article, we will discuss the differences between aporagender vs maverique, two gender identities that are often confused. 

Aporagender vs maverique

Although similar, aporagender is not the same concept as maverique. Maverique is a specific gender identity, while aporagender is more like an umbrella term, that includes other non-binary or genderqueer people. 

Both terms describe a gender identity that is nor male, nor female or any other gender identity that derives from it.

Both aporagender and maverique are non-binary gender identities and expression. 

However, aporagender is not a specific identity, more like a concept that includes other nonbinary and genderqueer identities. 

What is aporagender?

Aporagender means a gender-separate from man/boy, woman/girl, and nothing in between while still having a sense of gender.

Apo in Greek means “separate”, thus aporagender is a non-binary, separate gender.

Aporagender is considered an umbrella term since it includes some types of non-binary and genderqueers identities, but aporagender does not necessarily refer to one distinct gender.

Non-binary, in essence, is the term used for those who do not identify with the gender to which they were assigned at birth.

For this reason, many non-binary people consider themselves part of the trans or LGBT community.

Someone who is not binary does not see himself as a man or a woman specifically. This is a very broad way of saying that these people do not see themselves in the way society said they should be.

A non-binary person may also struggle with sexual orientation and may even consider it transgender so that their body reflects what is most closely identified with sex.

The term aporagender is often used as a synonym for neutrois or maverique, although there are certain differences between these concepts. 

Although similar, aporagender is not neutrois – Neutrois is feeling no inner sense of gender expression; furthermore, aporagender people do not think they are gender-neutral, as some neutrois describe themselves. 

What is maverique?

Maverique is a non-binary gender characterized by being totally removed from being male, female, neutral and everything derived from it (such as androgyny, binary semi-genres, etc.) and also far from genderlessness.

The gender maverique is an independent gender (that is, it is not an umbrella term as it is an aporagender) characterized by:

  • Having nothing to do with being a man or masculinity, woman or femininity, neutral or neutrality, or any gender that is among these or that shares something of them.
  • Not being part of the gender spectrum.
  • The maveriques do not have a passive or neutral attitude towards their gender, hence the difference with the neutral gender (s). 
  • They are also outside the gender spectrum because, by definition, being maverique is not having no gender, but quite the opposite. 

The term was coined in 2014 by Vesper H., creator of the Queer blog, in order to describe his own genre. The term derives from the English word “maverick” with the French suffix “-ique”. It is both a noun and an adjective.

About gender identity 

For the delimitation within the same identity of two distinct components‚ related to consciousness biological and social qualities, there were proposed two terms: 

  • sex to define biological qualities what marks the differences between men and women and 
  • gender, which indicates socio-cultural traits.

The term “gender” in the current sense was first used by the British psychologist Robert Stoller11 in 1968‚ being taken over by the theorists of the feminist movement for defining socio-cultural differences between masculinity and femininity.

Thus, a detachment from the traditional term sex was achieved. Later some authors attributed socio-biological affiliation to the term.

The theme of the research was problem-oriented identification and formation of the concept of self under the root

gender identity, historical and spatial, cultural and ethnic influences, but, especially, 

towards that of gender relations.

In this context, fueled by the feminist movement worldwide, the issue of gender differences has become increasingly important in research and currently appears to be one of the most discussed subjects.

Various concepts and guidelines can be mentioned, which reveal the presence or absence of differences significant differences between genders, using as a point of reference to the various parameters: 

  • Biological – genetic 
  • Somatic – the physical feeling
  • Psychological – at the level of reasons, interests, skills; 
  • social – the impact of cultural-normative influences, stating by the socialization of distinct identities, etc. 

The theme of differences and similarities between genders is not just an object of scientific investigation.

Currently, when there is a considerable change in content and distribution of social roles, this aspect is of great concern to those who face it in daily practice with the disturbances produced by those changes.

According to genetic studies ‚the initial mechanism of gender differentiation consists of the interrelation of the triad: hormone, brain, behaviour.

Until recently, it was asserted that there is only the relationship between hormones and behaviour, the former having a decisive role.

But according to recent research, it has been shown that there may be a

inverse relationship, i.e. external factors can influence into some extent appropriate hormonal secretions differentiation mechanism. 

It turns out that hormones regulate development processes, but also depend on the environment’s external information.

At the same time, the brain performs the behaviour programming function both according to the male and female model, which depends,

ultimately, the conditions of individual development.

Ultimately, hormones determine the differentiation of the nerve channels of some

sections of the brain that regulate sexual differentiation and, consequently, behaviour.

Sexual identity 

Awareness of sexual identity takes place in early ontogenesis: at 2-3 years the child distinguishes girls from boys and realizes his sexual affiliation.

But only at 4-5 years, the child possesses the ability to correctly determine other people’s sex. 

But as experimental research has shown‚ even at this age children still think that sex can be changed, if this is desired thing, since until 6-7 years they do not perceive the constancy in ambience‚ considering that everything can be changed.

Cognitive development and integration of social knowledge lead to the assertion of sexual identity.

Perception of differences and self-awareness sexual affiliations are presented as an important activity in gender identification, but incomplete, because gender identity is more complex than sexual identity or ‘better said’ includes the latter and adapts to social demands. 

If speaking of sexual affiliation, we refer to the two sexes – women and men, gender identity presents these two entities known and constituted based on the general stereotype accepted, but also a distinct category – that of androgens.

Androgynous identity (Greek: Andros – male and gine – woman), summing up features attributed by tradition femininity or masculinity‚ does not present itself as a

deficient gender identity, but on the contrary, bimodal.

To cope with the current social situation and not face disapproval, people who are not in accordance with the traditional prescriptions of the gender role they resort to strategic patterns of behaviour. 

Although the new social situation no longer allows for inequality, in dealing with gender, social competition is manifested still strong. 

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What does it mean to be non-binary?

The term non-binary is used by individuals who do not identify as men or women. In other words, they find themselves on a fluid spectrum between the terms man and woman. 

Non-binary, in essence, is the term used for those who do not identify with the gender to which they were assigned at birth.

For this reason, many non-binary people consider themselves part of the trans or LGBT community.

Someone who is not binary does not see himself as a man or a woman specifically.

This is a very broad way of saying that these people do not see themselves in the way society said they should be.

A non-binary person may also struggle with sexual orientation and may even consider it transgender so that their body reflects what is most closely identified with sex.

Conclusions

In this article, we discussed the differences between aporagender vs maverique, two gender identities that are often confused. 

Although similar, aporagender is not the same concept as maverique. Maverique is a specific gender identity, while aporagender is more like an umbrella term, that includes other non-binary or genderqueer people. 

Aporagender is not a specific identity, more like a concept that includes other nonbinary and genderqueer identities. 

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FAQ about aporagender vs maverique

What is an Aporagender?

Aporagender means a gender-separate from man/boy, woman/girl, and nothing in between while still having a sense of gender.

Apo in Greek means “separate”, thus aporagender is a non-binary, separate gender.

What is Maverique gender?

Maverique is a non-binary gender characterized by being totally removed from being male, female, neutral and everything derived from it (such as androgyny, binary semi-genres, etc.) and also far from genderlessness.

What is Demigirl?

A demigirl is a gender identity when a person identifies as partially female. 

What is Greygender?

A greygender is someone who identifies and expresses themselves outside the male or female identities.

What is Neutrois gender identity?

Neutrois is also a non-binary gender identity, which describes a “neutral” gender identity and expression.

Neutrois is also connected with people who feel they are agender or genderless. 

Further reading

Exploring the Dimensions of Human Sexuality, by  Jerrold S. Greenberg

Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics, by Shalonda Kelly

Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality (B&b Sociology) by David Newman 

Just Your Type: Create the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul D. Tieger 

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References

transequality.org/

Genderqueerid.com

nonbinary.wiki/

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