Gender Element System

The element system is xenogender system used to describe one's gender "element" or "essence". A gender element is one’s overall gender experience, including gender identity, gender expression, and gender alignment. It is not one’s actual gender, but (usually) interacts with it in some way, defines it, intermingles with it, or is otherwise an important aspect of it. For example, when somebody says that they are feminine, and they aren’t describing their gender expression or gender alignment, there gender element is what they would be referring to. Elements are varying in and of themselves (for example, water can be still, rough, clear, murky, or anything else). There is not anything inherently in common among people with the same element other than the fact that they are that element.

The element system uses five main elements. These elements can describe one's gender element on there own or they can be combined to make more complex elements. These element are as follows:

  • Water, representing femininity. One whose gender element is purely feminine would be eluvian.
  • Fire, representing masculinity. One whose gender element is purely masculine would be fervian.
  • Earth, representing neutrality, similar to neutrois, it is not masculine, feminine, or xenine, but still present. One whose gender element is purely neutral would be tellusian.
  • Air, representing an "undefined" element. Undefined is described as a gender element which "may change in a way that is hard to keep up with, impossible to describe or understand, or simply be vague and fleeting in nature, but it is present." One whose gender element is purely undefined would be ventulian.
  • Spirit, representing xenine. One whose gender element is purely xenine would be alterian.

These five elements can be combined to make two element combinations, three element combinations, four element combination, and a five element combination, called vivician.

There is also an "element" for those who either reject or don’t have a gender element in some way, called vocivian.1

Elements are varying in and of themselves- water can be still, rough, clear, murky, or anything else, and this is also how gender elements work. Therefore, there is nothing common among people with the same element other than the fact that they are that element. They can be any gender or present any way they like, even if it “clashes” with what people see their element as embodying. This is a personal label, if one chooses to label it, and therefore there is no need for a description of what “feminine” or “masculine” means, since it only has meaning when one gives it meaning.

One’s gender element may feel as if it overlaps with other aspects of one’s gender, or may feel totally separate. Some people won’t have a gender element at all! There will be a term for that, too. The way it contributes to each individual’s gender experience is unique and special. This concept can be used by anyone, since cis people can have gender elements, alignments, and expressions, but any elemental pride flags can only be used by trans/nonbinary/GNC people.2

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History

The terms were all coined by tumblr user Pastelmemer on a sideblog on December 23, 2017.

Chart

Designed by System-Mogai3, this chart shows the relationship of each term to the others and to masculinity/femininity/xeninity/neutrality, etc.

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Gender Element Chart

Element System Terms

Single-Element Terms


Two-Element Combination Terms


Three-Element Combination Terms


Four-Element Combination


Five-Element Combination Term


No-Element Term

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