The feminine name, like its masculine cousin, is one of the most commonly used gender-neutral terms in America.
Yet it’s also one of our most controversial.
According to a new survey by research firm LexisNexis, only 26% of respondents said they prefer the feminine name “Lulu” over “Natalie.”
That number jumps to 49% when you consider that only 10% of people identify as male or female.
So how do you know which name is your feminine best choice?
That’s easy: It depends on your preferences.
According a survey conducted in 2016 by the Pew Research Center, about half of respondents prefer a name that’s masculine.
But just like how people who identify as transgender are often confused about which pronouns to use, there’s a whole lot of confusion about which gender is best for people who are transgender.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about how people choose to be perceived, so there’s always a lot to be learned about the experience of gender-nonconforming people,” says Kristina DeFroz, a senior writer at the nonprofit Gender Spectrum and one of several authors of the gender survey.
“And so the most important thing is that people really think about how they’re presenting themselves when they choose a name.
They need to know the gender they’re describing.”
According to DeFrop, the only reason people choose the masculine gender is because of its association with a particular trait, like a particular hairstyle.
In other words, the masculine name reflects who you are, not the other way around.
“I think it’s just so much more accurate to say, ‘I’m a woman, and this is what I’m supposed to wear,'” DeFrot says.
DeFrop adds that the gender-fluid movement that started with transgender people in the 1990s and continues to this day is not about being comfortable in one gender or the other.
“It’s about being in the right place at the right time.
That’s how you can feel comfortable in your skin.
People are being so afraid to admit that they’re in the wrong body and that they are not comfortable in the body they’re born with. “
That’s a big mistake.
People are being so afraid to admit that they’re in the wrong body and that they are not comfortable in the body they’re born with.
So I think we’re living in the biggest gender-queer revolution in human history.”
The name ‘Lulu’The survey revealed that more than half of Americans (54%) believe that the feminine gender should be preferred over the masculine one, while more than two-thirds (65%) say they prefer a feminine name.
But even among the people who prefer a masculine name, there is some confusion about what gender they identify as.
The gender survey included questions on whether people identify with “feminine” or “masculine” traits, how they describe themselves as a person, and whether they identify more as male, female, or transgender.
The results were interesting to say the least.
“Some of the people in this survey might think that gender is binary, like ‘I am a woman’ or ‘I want to be a woman,'” DeSrozos says.
A few examples:The survey found that women identified as “feminist” (76%) and “masque” (77%), while men identified as being “femininity” (63%) or “feminism” (61%). “
People have different ways of describing themselves, so that’s really what we need to be mindful of.”
A few examples:The survey found that women identified as “feminist” (76%) and “masque” (77%), while men identified as being “femininity” (63%) or “feminism” (61%).
DeFrosz says that while gender identity is often viewed as binary, it can be nuanced.
“If you identify as genderqueer, you might say that genderqueerness is an aspect of gender identity,” she says.
But that doesn’t mean that you identify with the gender you were assigned at birth.
DeFrob is also a genderqueen herself, but she says that she’s also comfortable identifying as a woman.
The survey also found that people who identified as transgender were most likely to say that they prefer “feminization” (53%) or feminization “masquing” (54%), with “masquerade” being the least popular gender.
DeFranzos points out that people with gender dysphoria can be confused by these terms because they don’t refer to a specific body type or identity.
“But they do refer to something that’s different from the body that we were born with,” DeFranos says.
In addition to those who identify with genderqueers, DeFroe says that transgender people can also be confused about what it means to be transgender.
“Trans people are often very unsure about how to express themselves, especially when it comes to gender,” she explains.
“So people who want to transition are often unsure about what to do with their bodies.
So a lot people can be misconstrued about what the term means.”