Cultural & Societal Influences on Gender

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Mason Dunn

So much of how we experience our gender, and how others interact with us, is based on all of our intersecting identities. Things like our ethnicity, family dynamics, religion, skin color, language(s) we speak, and so much more play a huge role in how we experience our gender.

Two people might each identify as nonbinary, but have very different experiences because of their language and family culture. One family might show love and support in very different ways compared to another family, and that’s OK!

Often, conversations about gender come from a very White perspective. It’s important to amplify stories about gender that capture how diverse the world is and how complex many of our identities are.