Postgenderism is a diverse social, political and cultural movement whose adherents affirm the voluntary elimination of gender in the human species through the application of advanced biotechnology and assistive reproductive technologies.
Advocates of postgenderism argue that the presence of gender roles, social stratification, and cogno-physical disparities and differences are generally to the detriment of individuals and society. Given the radical potential for advanced assistive reproductive options, postgenderists believe that sex for reproductive purposes will either become obsolete, or that all post-gendered humans will have the ability, if they so choose, to both carry a pregnancy to term and 'father' a child, which, postgenderists believe, would have the effect of eliminating the need for definite genders in such a society.
Examples in popular culture
- Donna Haraway's 1984 essay A Cyborg Manifesto explicitly attempts "imagining a world without gender," using 'it' pronouns throughout and criticizing essentialism as a basis for identity.
- Steven Universe has been described as the first cartoon show to actually explore postgender themes. Many characters are "gems," an alien race of sentient minerals which, being non-biological, are agender and universally feminine-coded. One character, Stevonnie (a 'fusion' of human-gem hybrid Steven and his human friend Connie), is non-binary as their constituents are male and female, respectively.