Howie from the show identifies as a lesbian Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Over the last two nights Channel 4 has shown a controversial programme called Genderquake, followed by Genderquake: The Debate, with the tagline: The show had mixed reactions, with some trans activists in particular slamming the debate part of the show, during which some audience members heckled trans panelists.
But the Genderquake reality show raised some important points for discussion and showed some people having their perceptions surrounding gender and identity challenged and changed.
It also opened up a world of new words to many who had not experienced the world of cisgender, non-binary or pansexual before. Many of these terms can be confusing to the uninitiated so here we've tried to demystify some of them and explain some other terms that you might have seen crop up during the Genderquake series.
Transgender is an umbrella term used for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. It is sometimes abbreviated to trans. Transsexual people experience a gender identity inconsistent or not culturally associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. Many people who identify as queer do so because they feel that no other sexuality term applies to them.
Queer was initially used as a pejorative term towards the gay community but has recently been reclaimed 'I went from man to maneater': From the show Genderquake, year-old Charlie is currently waiting to start hormone therapy and to have surgery to assist her transition from male to female and identifies as trans.
Charlie is waiting to start therapy and to have surgery Image: Cambell from the Channel 4 show is one such person, she was assigned male at birth but at the age of eight told her parents that she identified as female and at 15 began to transition. Cambell began to transition at 15 Image: She dreams of becoming a professional make-up artist and her aim is to live in the country, find a nice man and have two kids and identifies as a straight woman.
TERF is a relatively new and controversial term - or some might call it a slur - and is an acronym for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist. It is used to describe a branch of feminists who apparently exclude trans women as they are not 'real women'. The ibtimes sates that the debate comes down to the theory of biological essentialism. This centres around the idea that a person being a man or a woman is due entirely to an innate, "natural" essence, rather than as a product of their culture.
They might believe that trans women or trans men are not "truly" women or men because of their anatomy and some who are labelled TERFs are said to believe 'trans women are men'.
The term TERF has come to prominence in the UK recently with possible changes to The Gender Recognition Bill, with plans to let people officially change gender without medical checks, known as 'self certification'. But some feminists have taken against this - with some suggesting that predatory men might be among those who choose to call themselves women to gain access to women-only spaces. Germaine Greer has been a target for some trans activists Image: Greer, who has become a target for some activists after she said transgender women are not "real women", raised the issue of gender self-identification on the show, saying: Being cisgender, as explained in a document from the University of Central Florida , means being someone who identifies as the gender that society assigns to them - generally termed as someone who is not transgender.
You are cisgender if you do not feel conflicted with the gender assigned to you at birth. Cis people can still be gender nonconforming, meaning you can still behave in a way that does not match masculine and feminine gender norms. What is Klinefelter Syndrome? However, she never felt like she was in the right body, and began to develop breasts as a teenager. She was eventually diagnosed as having a rare chromosomal disorder called Klinefelter Syndrome and now lives as a woman.
Brooke was born male but started transitioning naturally due to having Klinefelter Syndrome Image: Because so few symptoms present it is a syndrome that is very rarely diagnosed. However, the following are some of the possible symptoms: Growing taller than might be expected in your family, with longer arms and legs and a shorter torso and broader hips than most boys Puberty could be absent, delayed or incomplete. Less muscle and less facial and body hair compared with other teens.