Pictured here is a model of a human pelvis. When thinking of a gender neutral object, I immediately thought of something that we all have: a skeleton. This particular model is used by one of my friends who is a medical illustration student here at RIT.
While we all know that everyone has a pelvis, there is the question of whether this object is truly neutral or if it has more masculine or feminine features. The truth is that this is a model of a female pelvis. While this may not be clear to most people, there’s two ways to tell. Firstly, and most obviously, the model is in fact labeled as a female pelvis. Secondly, this pelvis is wider than a male pelvis. If you were ever looking for an example of a male pelvis for comparison, most classroom skeletons use male pelvis’s, though some do use an “in between” version.
To address the question of how I feel when someone does not appear to be distinctly male or female, this does not bother me at all. I am a firm believer that both gender and sexuality are on a spectrum and in no way binary. To me, to hold the belief that people must be confined to traditionally masculine and feminine roles is unfair and limiting to those who do not feel that they strictly fit into those categories.