I am struggling to get my head around the concept of 'gender fluidity'

By Justine O'Mahony

Published 22/09/2015 | 00:00

I'm probably going to be savaged for saying this-but I have to confess I am really struggling to get my head around the concept of being 'gender fluid'.

For those of you as uninformed as me, gender fluidity apparently is an overlap or blending of genders where people sometimes identify as being more male and other times as more female.

Don't worry if you haven't heard of it before, most of us hadn't. I had to google it to find out what it meant. The term made the headlines last week when well known RTE news reporter, Jonathan Clynch revealed that he identifies as gender fluid and wanted to be known as Jonathan Rachel Clynch from now on. He also stated that some days he would come to work as a woman, other days as a man.

Now it's very easy to make cruel jokes at his expense. I don't want to do that. I don't really care about his sexual orientation or his gender identity. I simply don't understand the concept of wanting to be a man one day and a woman the next.

Apart from anything else how bloody confusing is it going to be for his work colleagues? One day he's Jonathan in a suit and the next he's Rachel in a skirt and high heels? Will he use the male or female toilets? I apologise if I sound flippant but I really don't understand. If he is 'gender fluid' could he not just go to work as either a man or a woman and then change when he gets home? Would it not be far easier for everyone?

What makes it all even more confusing is that according to his spokesperson he is biologically male and intends to remain so and gender reassignment is not something that he intends to do. 'He is happy in his body.'

Well if he's happy in his body why does he want to dress up as a woman half the time? Am I missing some really salient point because if I am someone please tell me!

God be with the days when you were either gay or straight. I've just about gotten my head around the whole 'Bi' thing (still have my doubts mind!) and now I'm having to process the idea of gender fluid!

Does this mean that on days when I have a ton of washing and ironing to do I can decide 'nah I'm going to be a man today' and sit down with tracky ends on and my feet up to watch the rugby? I wouldn't say I'm a very manly woman, but I'd give it a go if I thought it would get me out of the housework!

And as someone online very cleverly pointed it out, it will come in handy if there's a queue for the toilet!

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