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April 24, 2017 / Charlie McNabb

Call for Participants: Nonbinary Gender Identity Online

I presented new research at the Western States Folklore Society annual meeting last weekend. I’ve been participating in several nonbinary-focused groups and pages on Facebook for the past year, and realized that there is some really interesting expressive culture going on within these communities. Focusing on one specific support group, I coded a dataset of 100 posts and discovered a high number of positivity posts, as well as emphasis on terminology, “trans enough” (feeling invalid or invisible), and style.

A pie chart showing content themes in a nonbinary support group: Positivity 15%, Terminology 14%, Trans Enough 13%, Sartorial Presentation 11%, Help 11%, Transition 9%, Dysphoria 9%, Humor 5%, Coming Out 5%, Inclusion 3%, Cis Nonsense 3%, Admin 2%.

I’m going to continue visual and textual analysis of these groups and pages, with the plan to turn my paper into an article. I’d also like to interview some nonbinary people to get a more nuanced analysis of individual nonbinary people and their experiences with community-building online. Anybody interested in participating, please email me at mcnabbarchives [at] gmail [dot] com.



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  1. Mx Margaret D. Jones / Apr 26 2017 11:08 AM

    Charlie, this sounds SO exciting! I will email you about how I’ve been using Mx (Mix) as a title.

  2. Mx Margaret D. Jones / May 28 2017 12:23 AM

    Just emailed you this, Charlie. But here it is again for others to read.

    Subject: Mx or Mix as an Enby title

    Hello Charlie.

    I promised in April to email this but it didn’t happen (as someone once said, Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans).

    You have probably heard of Mx (or Mix), a non-binary title. Though it’s only one among many possible titles for Enby and intersex people, it seems to be by far the most popular one and is gaining ground.

    I’ve been using Mx consistently since 2002 and I seem to be the earliest adopter of Mx who is still using it, anywhere in the world.

    However, much of what I read on Mx or Mix these days is very misinformed. That includes laughable definitions in major dictionaries and online sources. Some writers have lots of notions about Mx which simply don’t make sense when you delve into them.

    In 2015 I wrote what remains the major resource about Mx, available free on my website in two parts:

    It’s a long read but well worth it for anyone working in the area of non-binary gender. Especially if you want to produce anything which may touch on the subject of non-binary titles and language.


    –Mx Margaret D. Jones (androgyne)
    Western Australia
    +61 414374701

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