The definition of Girlflux (genderflux)

In this article, we define the terms of Girlflux and Genderflux. We speak about the differences between Genderfluid and Genderflux. We also explain the concept of gender and what type of orientations are out there.

Who is a Girlflux?

Girlflux means that the gender that flows is Feminine. The interpretation of gender is different for each person, there is no single way of being feminine.

Girlflux is a subcategory of Genderflux, which is an umbrella that encompasses gender identities that fluctuate in terms of their intensity. When the intensity of gender identity is null, absolute gender is reached.

This means that when the intensity is 100% the Girlflux will feel feminine. As the percentage decreases she may adopt other labels such as Demi-Girl, Librafeminine, ParaGirl until she finally reaches a Gender. We will speak about these labels later on. 

When your gender identity fluctuates is called GenderFluid, however, this is not the case because the feeling varies in intensity and not in terms of gender.

A Girflux, in very specific circumstances, which rarely happen, may feel masculine, this rarity is called “Condigender”, when you feel a certain gender in very limited situations. 

Genderflux

GenderFlux is a term that encompasses all gender identities that vary in intensity over time (for example, Boyflux and girlflux). The intensity of a genre has to do with the level of identification that you have with that genre. If we think about it in percentages, 100% would be the absolute identification and 0% the null.

This percentage is always changing and as it decreases the person feels more and more Gender.

ParaGirl

ParaGirl is a fixed gender identity where there is a great identification with the feminine gender, but where something happens or there is something that makes you not feel fully identified as such.

DemiGirl

DemiGirl  (Half Girl, Semi Girl, Half Girl …) is a fixed gender identity in which the person feels partially identified with the female gender. The part that is not identified as the feminine is identified with another gender or the absence of it.

LibraFeminine

LibraFeminine is a fixed gender identity in which the person feels only slightly identified with the female gender. She is a person who is more Gender than Feminine and is both at the same time (Feminine and Gender).

Agender 

An agender person is someone who does not identify with any gender. But there are several similar or easy to confuse terms, which in English would be “Agender, Genderless, Neutrois, Androgyne”.

The differences are not entirely clear, but as I could see you could say that …

(Agender) Gender: It is a person who does not feel identified with any gender, has no gender.

(Genderless) No gender: It is a person who does not label their gender.

(Neutrois) Gender Neutral: Is a person who is not of the feminine or masculine gender nor is he between any of the two.

(Androgyne) Androgynous: Is a person who is both feminine and masculine, is a mixture that is not necessarily the same on one side as on the other.

Gender Neutral people do not want to have physical characteristics that are usually associated with the feminine or masculine gender. They often want to physically change.

On the other hand, agender people do not seek a goal, be it physical or aesthetic, they simply allow themselves to be, without any gender influencing their physical and/or aesthetic decisions.

Many people believe that agender person should have an androgynous appearance, but this does not have to be the case. It is because of this belief that some androgynous people are automatically defined under the label agender despite not feeling identified as such.

GenderFluid vs GenderFlux

GenderFlux and GenderFluid are NOT the same, but both can occur, that combination is often called FluidFlux (Fluid and Changing Genre or without translation).

GenderFluid is a gender identity where a person’s gender changes towards another or other genres over time for various personal reasons or for no apparent reason.

It is one thing to flow between genres and another in intensity. GenderFluid flows between genres, not in intensity.

What is gender?

In the context of the LGBTQIAP+ community, gender, or gender identity, is a person’s subjective and personal experience concerning social gender categories. Every society has gender categories and expectations that can be associated with certain sexual physical characteristics; these categories can serve as a basis for personal gender identity concerning society.

In a binary gender system, most people adhere to and reinforce ideals of masculinity and femininity in all aspects of sex and gender: physical sexual characteristics, gender identity and gender expression. In all societies, some people do not identify, partly or completely, with the gender associated with their physical sexual characteristics.

Currently, these people can identify themselves as transgender (trans), genderqueer or non-binary people. People who identify with the gender associated with them at birth are generally categorized as cisgender people or cis.

Some societies have other gender systems. For example, some Native American societies have the genus two-spirits, and some South Asian countries have hijra as an official gender other than women or men.

Although an academic focus is not the objective of this text, it is interesting to note that in the academic context, there is a distinction between sex (anatomy of the individual’s reproductive system, secondary sexual characteristics) and gender, which can refer to the social roles that are associated according to the “sex” that society assigns, or can refer to personal gender based on self-awareness (gender identity). 

However, in day-to-day conversations, it is common that there is no distinction between the terms “sex” and “gender” and both are used interchangeably.

In essence, gender does not depend on the person’s genitals or appearance, current or desired, just as it is not necessary or immutable: for example, there are people of gender or gender-fluid. 

The origin of personal gender identity is not clear, as there may be as many social as biological factors, however, regardless of the origin, gender is not a personal choice, as it is a completely unconscious personal process.

There is also the expression of gender, which is the way that a person can express his gender visually in society. For example, gender-neutral people may seek a more neutral look (even if it is with binary genders).

Gender identities can be constituted by lack of gender, presence of a “pure” gender, presence of several genders (one at a time or several at the same time), presence of one or more genders affected by cultural/neurological/biological factors or uncertainty about the gender itself, among other types of identities.

Types of orientations 

There are other orientations besides sexual and romantic. Most of the time, these attractions are only used by the aromatic and asexual communities, especially by asexual and aromatic people.

It is not necessary to try to categorize yourself in all possible attractions, even if you are part of the asexual and aromatic communities. These are just terms to help people understand your feelings of attraction, and if they are not useful or easy for you, you do not need to use them.

Aesthetic attraction: Attraction for how someone looks, even without involving sexual feelings;

Platonic attraction: Willingness to have emotional intimacy with someone, without necessarily involving romantic or sexual feelings. For many aromatic people, Platonic attraction goes far beyond a desire for friendship;

Sensual or sensorial attraction: Desire to touch, to exchange affection, to have physical proximity to someone, even without involving sexual desires;

Alternative attraction: Desire for familiarity and intimacy with someone, in a way generally described as between Platonic and romantic. However, this attraction can include any emotion-related attraction that is neither 100% platonic nor 100% romantic;

Queerplatonic or quasiplatonic attraction: Desire to form a queerplatonic or quasiplatonic relationship with someone. Depending on the case, this attraction can be considered a subtype of the alternative attraction.

Queerplatonic or quasiplatonic relationships (RQPs or QPRs): These relationships generally differ from friendships in having some type of commitment involved; people in these relationships can aspire to live together, exchange affections interpreted as romantic, have sexual exclusivity among themselves, among other factors, without having romantic attraction involved. 

The concept of queerplatonic/quasiplatonic orientation was made especially for this type of relationship, but many people use platonic or alternative orientations to describe in which situations they feel like having queerplatonic partners.

There are other types of attractions, such as intellectual, physical and emotional. Attractions can be categorized in different ways by different people, according to their needs. Just as there are no limits to how many gender labels or guidance prefixes there may be, there are no limits to the categorization of types of attraction.

The orientations derived from these types of attraction work in the same way as sexual and romantic orientations: a prefix is ​​added to the type of attraction. For example, a person can be aplatonic, bi-sexual or polystetic.

It should also be noted that if a person says he is asexual and aromatic but uses some other guidance next to them, the person must be referring to one of these guidelines. For example, a person who identifies as an asexual and aromatic lesbian may be a woman who only feels alternative and / or queerplatonic attraction to other women. 

(However, it is possible that the person simply has exceptions to not being attracted, and these cases of attraction can be described with lesbian orientation.)

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Conclusions

In this article, we defined the terms of Girlflux and Genderflux. We spoke about the differences between Genderfluid and Genderflux. We also explained the concept of gender and what type of orientations are out there.

Girlflux means that the gender that flows is Feminine. The interpretation of gender is different for each person, there is no single way of being feminine.

Girlflux is a subcategory of Genderflux, which is an umbrella that encompasses gender identities that fluctuate in terms of their intensity. When the intensity of gender identity is null, absolute gender is reached.

GenderFlux and GenderFluid are not the same. It is one thing to flow between genres and another in intensity. 

If you have any comments or questions on the subject, please let us know!

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

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