I’ve come to identify as genderqueer, which was a really difficult thing to understand but as soon as I did, I stopped worrying about gender altogether.
It’s like this. My body is usually interpreted as a woman’s and I’ve grown up as a girl. But I’m not either. It doesn’t make any practical difference most of the time. I am okay with my body the way it is.
Most of my discomfort comes from being treated as a woman, which is very hard to distinguish from discomfort with sexism. I also don’t like ‘one of the girls’ type scenarios, being called ‘miss’, ‘madam’ or ‘lady’, having to use ‘ladies toilets’, and being seen as a woman by strangers.
This gets thrown into total confusion by my sexual preferences. These are incredibly sexist and transparently awful, even cheesy. I enjoy role playing explicitly misogynistic fantasies (mostly as a woman, but not always), but I can only do that with people that I feel comfortable understanding that a) it’s just fantasy and not OK in real life b) I’m not actually a woman anyway.
But I just don’t care that I don’t fit into a gender box. I’m happy that I can feel different genders at different times and am occasionally mystified that so many people feel like they are the same gender all the time.