iragray:

I am by no means an artist, but I sometimes have a difficult time explaining what gender is. So, I’ll draw something like this out (for those of you with readers, not to worry, I’ll explain). I’ll draw a sort of before and after, except it’s status quo teaching versus the truth. 
The first part will show something like a straight line. It’s a scale. You can only occupy one part of the line at a time, and oh, your little nob doesn’t move. 
The second part shows a bunch of little amoeba type things. These blobs are genders. I draw squiggly lines around them to show that they can move. What it is to be a man, for example, changes throughout time and space on a macro level. On a micro level, gender definitions change from individual to individual. Then, I draw other amoebas. When I have a lot of room, I’ll draw at least ten different amoebas. I make sure to have some coming off the sides to signify that gender doesn’t end there. Gender is endless. 
In this example, I drew red stars saying something along the lines of “you are here,” “or here,” “you’re in two places at once,” and so on.
I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback when explaining gender this way. I also want to mention that in the first part, gender is basically “penis”-having and “vagina”-having. In the second part, body parts are not mentioned once. Why? Because they have nothing to do with gender in the first place.

iragray:

I am by no means an artist, but I sometimes have a difficult time explaining what gender is. So, I’ll draw something like this out (for those of you with readers, not to worry, I’ll explain). I’ll draw a sort of before and after, except it’s status quo teaching versus the truth. 

The first part will show something like a straight line. It’s a scale. You can only occupy one part of the line at a time, and oh, your little nob doesn’t move. 

The second part shows a bunch of little amoeba type things. These blobs are genders. I draw squiggly lines around them to show that they can move. What it is to be a man, for example, changes throughout time and space on a macro level. On a micro level, gender definitions change from individual to individual. Then, I draw other amoebas. When I have a lot of room, I’ll draw at least ten different amoebas. I make sure to have some coming off the sides to signify that gender doesn’t end there. Gender is endless. 

In this example, I drew red stars saying something along the lines of “you are here,” “or here,” “you’re in two places at once,” and so on.

I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback when explaining gender this way. I also want to mention that in the first part, gender is basically “penis”-having and “vagina”-having. In the second part, body parts are not mentioned once. Why? Because they have nothing to do with gender in the first place.

(via iragray)

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    omg! it’s the first ballin’ visual representation close enough to my ‘solar system’ idea i’ve seen ever! i’m in love.
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    This is so much better than the “gender is a spectrum” craptastic graphs!