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Topology of Gender-related Orientation, Identity, and Presentation

Topology of Gender-related Orientation, Identity, and Presentation

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Published by Christof Wahner
A differentiating view on gender in 3d view! - version 5: now converted into DinA4 format
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Topology of Gender-related Orientation, Identity, and Presentation
© Christof Wahner 2011
Topological Mindmap
 
Terminological remark and advice
– According to the
traditional distinction of 
sex
(the biological aspect) and
gender 
(the sociocultural aspect),the word "sexual" has a distinctly 'sexist'smack yet by pretending that in this con-text it is about "natural constraints" withdirect relation to reproduction. For thisreason it makes rather sense to use theword
gender-related 
instead of "sexual".– The word "typology" was replaced by
topology 
(K. N
ISHIDA
:
場所論
ba-sho-ron;K. L
EWIN
: 
) since the focus herelies more in conceptual "localization" thanin stereotyping, because the Greek wordcomponent 'typos' means 'stroke' and 'hit'.
 
 A
 
genuine
(Xiăn)
neuter dynamicswanting
(Trade)doing
presentation
O
 
feminine
(Yīn)
femaleclosenessfeeling
 
(Love)beingorientation
I
 
masculine
(Yáng)
maledistancethinking
 
(War)havingidentity
 
 
40
40
 
BitchDandyHyenaSchizopsycho
G
Hussy
F
Fighting ChickGirlie
E
BruteMousieDoer SlovenDudeFemale
WifeLordManLadyWoman
 A
Guy
Macho
E
SoftieNerdBimboAristocrat
C
 
Made
moiselle
D
Patri
arch
D
Power Woman
B
 
 
Family Man
Slug
H
Loser 
 
Methodological Introduction on the holistic basis of Dialectic and System Theory
1) Triadic Concept 
Using and developing so manytriads, this work gives easily the impression that it is nitted after themotto "all good things go by three". The crucial point here is the use of more than two dimensions, sothat any black-and-white thinking respectively Either-Or is excluded. It is rather secondary, if there arenow three, four, five or more dimensions. In this sense, the three dimensions act as exemplary ledger lines for further dimensions.The
third gender 
is to regard neither as a neuter nor as a compound of feminine and masculine parts,but as a self-contained dimension communicating between the feminine and masculine dimension of gender. Actually, both feminine and masculine dimension are even worthless without the genuine one. As a matter of course, from the view of all so called high cultures [
↗26
] this insight needs markedlygetting used to, whereby insights generally depend on the cultural state of development [
↗24
].The genuine dimension irons out a lot of conceptual discrepancies, but only at the price of inevitableconfusion, because the 'conventional' view of sexuality is restricted to adualistic[
↗8
], in other wordspatriarchally dominated black-and-white mindset, which could be the consequence of the fact that acolor mixingof the three primary colors in equal parts leads to achromatic colors (black, grey tones,white). In this context, it is not only about "category mistakes" (G. R
YLE
), but about a broad "categorytrafficking" under the illusory pretext of "not making life even more complicated than it is already", whilethe genuine dimension of gender – induced by the systematic tilt in the battle (or rattle) of the sexes –becomes abused as an "ally" of feminine or masculine dimension. Confer the programmatic text beingequally poetical and critical towards clichés:
 
2) Balanced emancipation as target 
Interestingly, as soon as emancipation was proclaimed in history, the focus was mostly set on a specificarea while other areas were being overlooked. For instance, political emancipation led to losses insexual emancipation, female emancipation led to losses in male emancipation, and last but not leastnegative emancipation led to losses in positive emancipation when people only know what they don'twant while they don't know what they want instead.The target now is to balance and to coordinate it more and to consider the larger contexts in terms of 
 
orientation
(feeling of closeness and safety),
identity 
(setting boundaries, defining* the own person incontrast to other people), and
 presentation
(theatrical** aspects in a broader sense) at various levels.* Definition is the Latin word for 'setting boundaries'.**
viewing 
and
 playing 
as the basic aspects of theater on several reference levels of the "stage of life":- spectators view actors in their theatricalactsand join the play inwardly- actors view each other, in order to react upon each other and to play with each other - actors view the essence of their performance and play with situations, concepts and expressions [
↗5
]- actors view spectators, in order to develop contact & attention and to play with their reactionsThus prevents developing a "character mask" (W. R
EICH
) resulting from the "conservation of identityaspects". The counteragent to mask-likeness is the playful Role Shaking [
↗32
].In terms of theself-concept, having all this in mind, we can conclude the following: All people are confronted with the question,
in what area(s) they prefer to range (
orientation
),what they rather dislike to be associated with, in what sense they set themselves apart (
identity
),what spectrum of gender-related forms of appearance they allow to themselves (
presentation
)
.
 
3) Dialectical Basis
G.W.F. H
EGEL
's concept of dialectic– consisting of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis – acts as formalbasis. Synthesis, however, does not mean just a "happy medium" somewhere between thesis andantithesis, but a conflation on a superordinate, independent level.
4) System-theoretical Basis
Once and again, the conceptual divisions refer to themselves as well, e.g., if it is about culturalbackgounds of insight. As a result, the three-membered systematics itself claims to represent thesis,antithesis, and synthesis, i.e., to pick up and to comprehend traditional categories, to be structured bylogically consistent affiliations, and to be dynamic by rotating categories as well.
5) Reference levels
The conceptual manifestations of the three dimensions refer ● to the dealing with the
Mitwelt 
(society, culture),● to the dealing with the
Umwelt 
(nature, spirituality), and● to the dealing with the
Inwelt 
(the own person including wishes, experiences, fears, passions,conflicts). [
↗29
]
6) Primary aspects for classification
In this systematics,
closeness
,
distance
, and
dynamics
act as landmarks. However, emotionalcloseness should not be regarded as counterpart of emotional distance, because one can experienceboth at the same time without being "schizophrenic", namely by being warm-hearted and being innerlyinvolved, without clinging on a reference object. However, for "losers" it is characteristic that they donot only lack dynamics, but in addition that they are neither able to engage nor to distance themselves.The contrary applies to "schizopsychos" [
↗G
] which can take on schizophrenic features in the case of maximum occurrence in the form of messages like "I love you to bits, so just get out!". In spite of that,for normal manifestations of closeness, distance and dynamics the rules of  ambiguity toleranceare applicable. In any case, closeness may not be confused with dynamics, as well as closeness is nocategorical contrary to distance – as long as we intend to avoid seriouscategory mistakes.
7) Rotational direction
The three dimensions are connected as follows:
 
egg → hen → cock → egg. Regarding theforms of government[
↗8
], A
RISTOTLE
came already to the same insight in principle. Every rotation as a result of "category mistakes" (G. R
YLE
), "category trafficking" as well as cultural changes in meanings, orienta-tions related to significances and values, fashions and lifestyles is oriented to this direction. However,in spite of manifoldambiguitieshere, attention was paid toconsistentaffiliations at best knowledge.
8) Semantics
Terms have generally a semantic field consisting of several levels. Connotations describe all that whichis thought with and co-intended along the use of a single term. Extent and characteristics of singleconnotations are influenced by various factors such as social class, language era, thematic context,individual imagination, regional or subject-specific specialities. For all concepts is that they have beenaffiliated to each other to the best of my knowledge. (
↗appendix)
 At the same time this means that inprinciple readers are required to use their own critical mind when reading.
9) Complements and amendments to existing concepts
Here, dualistic concepts are expanded by a suitable third element. Square brackets are used in thesecases. In some cases like D. M
C
C
LELLAND
, conceptual corrections make sense, because sometimesauthors did not concentrate so much on linguistic exactness.

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