Gender Bender

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Endocrinology A popular term for any anti-sex antihormone factor See Pheromone
Sociology An informal term for a person who actively transgresses, or 'bends,' expected gender roles—e.g., a man who wears make-up and feminine clothes. Gender bending can have a subtext of social activism in response to assumptions or over-generalisations about genders
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From the sidelines, he laments the damage done to our public image by leatherfolk, flamboyant gender benders, and militants.
But in Dar es Salaam, the bustling capital of Tanzania, there are plenty of gender benders that not only shatter these stereotypes but also show that doing so is good for business.
These gender benders may look alluring and seductive, but I've never witnessed such hellcats in action in my life.
In the end Lola managed to win the festival's top prize, the Audience Award, in the international competition and opened in eight Turkish theaters, where gender benders stood in line alongside gays and straights.
If kids, the real toy experts, are any indication, the results of the 1992 Duracell Toy Survey showed girls were "toy-trend gender benders," as action toys were the magnet that pulled girls across the traditional bridge which divides boys and girls in their toy preferences.
Even after a sex swap operation, gender benders still retain the strength they were born with giving them the edge over real women.