An exclusive gender is any gender identity that has a certain prerequisite often unrelated to gender such as being Native/disabled/intersex/etc. and is required before being allowed to use that identity. The existence of exclusive genders is debated. Some common arguments for and against are below.

Arguments for

  • Some genders have spiritual/religious meanings and shouldn't be used by people of a different faith.
  • Using exclusive genders without meeting the requirements is appropriation.

Arguments against

  • There are no patents or copyrights on gender identities, and people should have the right to choose the term they feel best describes them.
  • People don't have the right to dictate what others can and can't identify as.

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