Physiognomy of Gender

Becoming a mistress of your own interpretation

Gender determinism is premised on the notion that individual psychology should be epistemologically conceptualized by studying anatomy and anatomical expression, meaning that gender determinism is a surviving form of the ancient pseudo-science of physiognomy.

Physionomistic categories are discursively premised on the assumption that distinctive, unique and individual bodies somehow can/should/ought be performatively reduced to discrete “categories”. While such categories are more or less unfounded does the performative act of taxonomization of bodies constitute a certain anatomical illusion whereby it is falsely claimed that one or more “common denominators” between the bodies assigned to the physionomistic category ostensible constitutes metaphysical sameness, i.e. illusory carno-phallogocentrism.

Gendered cognition is however not properly studied through anatomy but rather through the fields of psychometrics and gender science. Measured psychometric profiles are hereditary to varying degrees, yet gender is also socially constructed. The man-woman psychometric spectrums are highly psychometrically distinctive as comparing the two ends of the spectrums, yet are identical at the middle of the spectrum. While this obviously means that “legal men” and “legal women” (both social constructions of phallocentric and Eurocentric cultural hegemony) have different psychometric averages in varying measured respects does it however in no way mean that “legal men” and “legal women” are two psychometrically distinctive categories of agents of sentient cognition.

The turning of the two “reproductive categories” into social categories is thus simply social construction of an underlying zoological basis as providing opportunity for observing the essentially grammatical phenomenon of perceived “anatomic similarity”. This is so as transgender people and intersexed people interrupt the anatomical bisection while at the same time the genderamorous spectrum is simply a spectrum of degree in gender panamory.

The notion of “two sexes” thus have biological and medical meanings in specific contexts while the notion of there only being two genders and two sexualities is of course sheer mythology. There is tremendous diversity in genders and sexualities and cannot of course not be reduced to merely two reproductive categories. This is not to say of course that reproduction is unimportant but rather that we should all become sociofluid in fashioning our own individual social roles (including genders) as tailored for different social contexts.

Pronouns and other gendered terminology should be established on three levels. The first level should deploy gender-neutral terms. The second level should use innovative pronouns as unrelated to reproductive sexual anatomy. The third level should deploy binary gender pronouns/terms where relevant to reproduction and medical and anatomical concerns as relevantly relating to anatomy in those respects. Pronouns and other gendered terminology ought therefore be deployed in a manner that is relevant to context.

We can learn nothing about individual gender or individually gendered personality by studying a person’s anatomy. Gender should in fact become individualized and liberated from compulsory associations with intimate anatomy. Why after all busy ourselves semiotically giving expression to sexual organs that we so carefully disguise by means of those very semiotic markers known as so called “clothes”?

Intimate anatomy indirectly has some influence on how we walk although this is a matter of social construction rather than biological determinism and this primarily relates to how we are physically affected by sexual arousal. It is in fact common for females to experience shame over sexual arousal due to resulting humidity in intimate anatomy.

Yet at the same is it true that humans constantly engage in anatomic hermeneutics in epistemologically (mis)interpreting others on account of their exterior appearance. In fact can much information be gleaned from properly reading the exterior of others and so a properly scientific academic field of physiognomy needs become re-inaugurated on the basis of multidisciplinary intersections of psychology, strict natural science and intersectional science such as gender science.

The Intelligence Entrapment Methods documentation project.