(Sorry for the rather dry title, I am having trouble thinking of something swingier and that is still easy to grasp...)
Someone mentioned an interest in pursuing one of the topics coming up in the "What gender are you?" poll thread, so I thought I would simply start this off and see if there is any interest in discussion.
Originally it came up in context of gender identification in the trans community. Some transpeople feel marginalized by being forced to identify with one of two binary genders (M/F), thus sort of ignoring/dismissing their own unique situation. Sometimes this group would like to do away with gender designations altogether, seeing them as serving no positive purpose and believing it simply contributes to continuing social biases and discriminatory attitudes and behaviors. They hate seeing even non-trans people lumped into very explicit gender roles, because they see it as a form of oppression of individual differences.
Another transpeople faction has no real issue with the gender designations and would rather not have their particular situation brought up. All of their lives, in their mind, they've been "different," whereas what they really wanted to do is just fit in and be accepted. To continually be forced to carry the stigma of "trans" means never really fitting in anywhere; they just want to be firmly identified with their target gender and no longer stick out. They don't see the binary gender categories as oppressive but just descriptive and useful in their own way.
Since only a small set of people might be interested in gender-specific self-identifications, I have purposefully generalized the topic because I'm thinking it encompasses any sort of social subgroup that has ever felt marginalized.
The most obvious example is the black population in the United States.
Some black people feel that having others ignore their roots or lump them into a larger group is in fact a repudiation of their own roots, of which they are proud. Other black people want to see "color" eradicated from the lexicon, choosing to view themselves as citizens first and foremost, seeing the distinction as yet another form of oppression.
What are your thoughts?