Gender, a question that can be simple and easy. There is a lot of complexities but also simple questions. Writing gender is also difficult just as much as it isn’t.
There are things which are simple. For me that would be in terms of emotions or character. Character can exist in almost any character there are no traits which are exclusively male or female or any specific gender.
And to attach them to any particular person is incredibly problematic. However when it comes to physiology, that is a different issue. There are clear differences between a male and female body.
Whether it is by strength, constitution, stamina or otherwise. These are differences that we can’t. And how we are raised, conditioned also plays a part.
And gender is something that is often more than not taught to us, making us on think about it. Sometimes there is actual valid science regarding the physiological differences between each gender, and what they should compete in as well as their neural pathways.
But there is often very little difference in terms of how they act, and their natural personality. It may show in different ways, but biases play a lot more to how we view men and women instead of say character. We view men who are assertive as better, women who speak up as a lot more aggressive.
And the unconscious bias they face, the expectation that women need to be pleasing everyone, men have to be about it. This are all things we raise and personality traits which we label as either also does nothing to help.
Gender in our modern day context can be very different, especially in medical science when the very gender of the person can change what is done and what needs to be done. But in more social contexts it has very few distinctions, where the basic expectation is them to be decent human beings not based on either.
And in stories, I believe that we should allow us to write about any type or personality in any gender or sexuality they identify by. What matters much more is their character their personality and their development.