For the past few years the world has become more accepting of the lgbtq community. Personally, I’m not a part of it, but I know people who are. A handful of these people truly feel this way and struggle with it. But for most of them, not as much.
Social media has been around for a long time, but now its reaching its peak. This isn’t a good thing. Nearly everyone uses social media. In 2005 only 5% of American adults used at least one social media platform, today, its used by 69% of Americans! In 2005 how often did you see someone forcing you to use their “correct pronouns”? When you first met someone, the greeting used to be “Nice to meet you!”, today it has to be “What do you identify as?” God forbid you accidentally call a stranger a she because they’re actually a they! People and social media are changing each other. Of course diversity and acceptance is a good thing. But when people who are too dramatic go on social media, they may start to romanticize their mental illness or sexuality just because they want attention. Or worse, they lie to their followers about suffering from mental illness. The place that I see this happening the most is instagram and tumblr. There is this one instagram account in particular where there are multiple account owners. Most of them are around 13 and in their description it lists their names, then in parentheses is their sexuality. One of the youngest people on the account listed “non-binary” as their sexuality. I’m not sure how a person their age has come up with this idea, but in one of their posts they had pictures of themselves. In every single picture, they look like a normal girl whose hair is short.
On tumblr you can find tons of unpleasant things. Then we find these grown adults and teenagers claiming there are 112 genders. Most of these genders are literally repeats of each other reworded. Or they’re based off of getting people to like you, here’s an example of both: Amicagender: a gender that changes depending on which friend you’re with, Amaregender: a gender that changes depending on who you’re in love with. There’s some that don’t even make sense: Amaregender: a gender that changes depending on who you’re in love with, Abimegender: a gender that is profound, deep, and infinite; meant to resemble when one mirror is reflecting into another mirror creating an infinite paradox. These genders aren’t needed, none of them match the definition of “gender”.
But at the end of the day, people can do as they please as long as it’s not harming anyone. It can just go too far. Just remember, you should keep all your genders to yourself and not ruin the freedom of sexuality.