MOGAI

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MOGAI stands for Marginalized Orientations, Genders, and Identities (or Intersex. Depends on who you ask). It’s a social justice-adjacent movement that claims to be within (and synonymous with) the LGBTQ+ community. In practice, however, it’s full of people who think wanting to fuck anime characters makes you LGBTQ and that genders and sexualities are accessories. MOGAI casts itself as a better, more-inclusive acronym for describing the LGBTQ+ community. In reality, since their basic stance is “gender is indefinable, and therefore definable as anything,” it’s a collection of aesthetics, personality traits, and symptoms of mental illness (literally: check out Anorexgender) which have the word -gender (or -sexuality) tacked onto the end.
MOGAI as a movement also denies that pronouns indicate gender, leading to both nounself and emojiself pronouns. Most egregiously, they deny the fact that you need dysphoria to be transgender and they push the idea that gender identity and sexual orientation are choices. This stance, you might have spotted, is so progressive that it horseshoe-effects right on around to being far-right. In other words, MOGAI is a cluster-fuck that feeds upon well-meaning people’s desires to be open-minded, accepting, and validating. It weaponizes those desires, and it uses them as a recruiting tool, something that has allowed it to seep into the mainstream largely unchecked, unchallenged, and therefore unnoticed.

Table of Contents

Origin of Term

Since 2014, MOGAI has gone from the fringiest of fringe movements to a true force shaping the thoughts, identities, beliefs, and politics of young people, LGBT or otherwise—even those who haven’t ever heard the term. You can see echoes of it everywhere. It can be seen in pushes to de-medicalize transness, putting thousands of trans people’s insurance-covered transitions in jeopardy. It can be seen in claims that there are infinite genders, and that it’s transphobic to choose sex partners based on their genitalia rather than their gender identity. You can see it in the upsurge of people who believe that you don’t need gender dysphoria to be trans, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are both choices. You can see it in the push for the normalization of pedophilia as a marginalized orientation, although most MOGAI supporters are (rightly) very much against this.
The history is pretty tangled; it’s usually cited as emerging online (possibly on Tumblr) as a more streamlined and less offensive (“queer” being a controversial umbrella term due to its history of being a slur) alternative to LGBTQUIAP++ in 2013 or 2014. It’s pretty poorly-documented early-on, and seems to have been used by a very small number of people until around the early summer of 2014, when it really exploded, most likely because of Pride Month. Since then, it’s been growing in popularity, often peaking dramatically around Pride, when it becomes a hotter topic than usual in the wider LGBT community.
In anti-MOGAI circles, there is a common myth that “MOGAI” was coined by a pedophile looking to legitimize their predatory attraction to minors as kind of an updated version of the notorious North American Man-Boy Love movement of the 1980s and 90s. Upon further investigation, however, this doesn’t seem to be the case. It was, however, true of the acronym GSRM (Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Identities), so perhaps the misconception arose from someone getting their acronym wires crossed.
In MOGAI circles, credit for coming up with their acronym is usually given to a then-14-year-old survivor of childhood sexual abuse, but this is also somewhat inaccurate. While this person was definitely involved in a in 2014[[conversation about MOGAI as a shorter alternative to LGBATQUI+1, the term actually predates the conversation by several years. A search of Tumblr’s now-ancient history turns up evidence that people were using the term as a synonym for LGBTQ (et cetera et cetera) as early as 2011. Whether this is a case of independent coining or evidence of slow and steady adoption of the term, though, is hard to say.

However the acronym came to be, however, it was firmly ensconced in the Tumblr lexicon by mid-2014.

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Discussion with the person usually cited as coining "MOGAI" showing the term coining was a group effort

Subtypes


MOGAI Genders

MOGAI Genders (or Neogenders) are defined by MOGAI as "genders coined recently; describing subgenders (gender subtypes or subsets), gender neolabels and gender microlabels. Neo- means new, archaeo- old, so non-neogenders would be classified as archaeogenders.

It may also (mis)apply to archeogenders whose population use is minor scale, i.e. epicene. And since someone can use neo-identities like (fe)malegender (suffixed with -gender), boygender/girlgender and exorgender meaning the same as (wo)man, boy/girl and binary, (fe)male binaries could be considered neogendered."2

Basically, they're a mish-mash of aesthetics, fictional characters, weather conditions, literal mental illnesses, ethnicity, and literally anything else misconstrued as genders.


I. Xenogenders

Xenogender is a family of MOGAI genders which encompasses all genders that “cannot be contained by human understandings of gender; more concerned with crafting other methods of gender categorization and hierarchy such as those relating to animals, plants, or other creatures/things.”
Most MOGAI genders fall under this incredibly broad (and infuriating) umbrella. In practice, however, the genders most often associated with the term have a space aesthetic (more cutesy/mythological than scientific) or an alien aesthetic. This being the case, all genders listed in the following section are a mess of saccharine space cuteness, poorly-understood Classical mythology, and pastel-colored-alien nonsense.

I.a. Aesthetigenders

Aesthetigender is a subgroup of xenogender made up of all “genders” which are aesthetic in nature. While most MOGAI genders could (rightly) be said to fall under this category, this section (and the subsections following) are made up of MOGAI genders and categories which are the most blatant offenders.

I.a.1. Colorgenders

Colorgender is a subgroup of Aesthetigender which gives genders the properties of a color, either specifically or generally. It’s like they took the concept of having a favorite color and super-sized it, only twisted. And sad.

I.a.2. Gastrogenders

Gastrogender is a subgroup of aesthetigender which encompasses the properties of a flavor or type of food. You know, because that makes sense.

I.a.3. Personagenders/Esmogenders

Though personalitygenders and esmogenders are not quite the same thing, they’re so closely-related that it made sense to group them together. Personagender is a subtype of aesthetigender wherein the gender takes on the emotional traits of a sentient being. Esmogender is a subtype of aesthetigender in which the gender causes the person identifying as said gender to feel specific emotions. Alternately, it is a gender which is felt under specific emotional circumstances. They are both pretty poor bases for a gender, and often seem to reflect the personality (or desired personality) of the person using the term. This is, somehow, a controversial thing to point out.

I.a.3.i. Relationship-Based Genders

Relationship-based genders are a subset of Personagender/Esmogender. These genders rely on one’s relationships with others to determine how, when, or if they manifest.
Textbook cases of lacking self-identity? You betcha.

I.a.4. Audiogenders

Audiogender is a subtype of aesthetigender defined by its connection to sounds or music. This is also patron gender category of that fourteen-year-old kid who likes to go on YouTube videos of early-70s psychedelic proto-prog-rock bands and complain that he was born in “the wrong generation” and that “there hasn’t been good new music since ’81, tops.”

I.a.5. Fictigenders

Fictigender is a subtype of Aesthetigender which is, unfortunately, exactly what it sounds like. Fictional characters (and trampled copyright law) abound. On the other hand, if you’ve ever wanted to turn your life into a bad fan-fiction of your favorite franchise, here’s your starting point.

I.a.5.i. Aedra/Daedragenders

Aedra/Daedragender is a subtype of Fictigender which is composed of genders derived aesthetically from the Aedra and Daedra of the Elder Scrolls universe. These beings are divine and/or demonic, and, regardless of their spheres of influence, have far better things to do with their godly powers than being patrons of MOGAI genders. There are nerds, and then there are nerds.
And then there’s this.

I.a.5.ii. Exemgenders

Exemgender is a subgroup of Fictigender in which genders are based upon different types of Pokemon (poison, flying, fighting, etc). These are made even more ridiculous because the coiner of all 19 terms (thought here are only 18 types of Pokemon) decided to use Google to translate each type into Latin to make the genders sound more “official.”
Skye, we get it. You like the poke-bugs. Stop telling your mother she’s an oppressive tool of the cisheteropatriarchy because she won’t let you play your gameboy at the table and eat your carrots.

I.a.6. Naturogenders

Naturogender is subtype of Aesthetigender containing genders which are tied to nature in some way. Which is funny, because nature is a stone-cold bitch, and none of this MOGAI nonsense came from there.

I.a.6.i. Faunagenders

Faunagender is a subtype of Naturogender which encompasses all genders that are tied to (or influenced) by animals, brought to you by the coalition of (Former) Girls Who Liked Horses Too Much In Middle School and (Former) Girls Who Liked Cats Too Much In Middle School.

I.a.6.i. Floragender

Floragender is a subtype of Naturogender which encompasses all genders that are tied to (or influenced) by plants, in both a stoner and a non-stoner way.

I.a.6.ii.Aerogenders

Aerogender is a subtype of Naturogender. This subtype encompasses all genders that change based upon surroundings, environment, or weather, because of course that’s a fucking thing MOGAI thinks human beings have happen to them.

I.a.7. Religiogenders

Religiogender is a subtype of Aesthetigender. This subtype encompasses all genders that have ties to religion (Judeo-Christian or otherwise). You can say a lot of things about MOGAI, but they sure do know how to skim the works of a lot of major religions! I think we have representatives from all of them (minus Islam).

I.a.7.i. Kingenders

Kingender is a subtype of Religiogender. Kingender encompasses all genders that are influenced by otherkinism. Because that one kid with a tail who got a demerit for growling at a teacher needed another thing going against him.

I.a.7.ii. Mythologenders

Mythologender is a subtype of Religiogender. Mythologender encompasses all genders that are influenced by mythology. These multi-purpouse, bespoke genders are perfect for Renaissance festivals, nature retreats, or tripping balls on peyote in your friend Bo’s basement.

I.a.7.iii. Zodiacgenders

Zodiacgender is a subtype of Mythologender. Zodiacgender encompasses all genders that are influenced by astrology. Unsurprisingly, these pseudoscience-y labels are all the rage among a pseudoscientific movement.

I.a.8. Sciencegenders

Sciencegender is a subtype of Aesthetigender. Sciencegender encompasses all genders that are aesthetically linked to scientific concepts. The irony is just…indescribable.

I.a.8.i. Mathgenders

Mathgender is a subtype of Sciencegender. Mathgender encompasses all genders that are aesthetically linked to mathematical or numerical concepts. Math was always a nightmare for me, and I can’t decide if having someone like this in my class would have made it more or less so. It would certainly have been more memorable.

I.a.8.ii. Technogenders

Technogender is a subtype of Sciencegender. Technogender encompasses all genders that are aesthetically linked to technology.
Or, as those of us with genders linked to sports call them, nerds.


II. Genders Pertaining To Protected Classes

II.a. Neurogenders

Neurogender encompasses all genders that are tied to one’s mental illness. For the purposes of this wiki, the closely-related category Vitiumgender (physical illness) has been included in this section, as well.
This is one of the longest sections, and one of the absolute worst (in terms of genders, though the poems might also be atrocious. Get back to me). I guess it makes sense that it would be so: there’s traditionally a lot of overlap between the self-diagnosis crowd and the MOGAI community. Many if not most have a slew of self-diagnosed (and, to be fair, pro-diagnosed) disorders displayed proudly on their about pages like that tells anyone anything more meaningful than what class of drugs they’re likely to be taking.
Whoring out real or fabricated mental health issues for pats on the back: I just don’t feel like this is what people mean when they call for intersectional movements.

II.b. POCgenders

POCgender encompasses all genders that are tied to one’s status as a Person of Color (or to one’s ethnicity).
I just feel like there has to be an easier way to let everyone know your political stances. Meaningful activism? Nah, not separatist and edgy enough. Better make up a gender instead.


III. Miscellaneous Genders

The setup here is a little bit different. There are no types or subtypes for any of these, because they are literally un-sortable. Unique. One-of-a-kind. Almost…crystalline in their specialness, somehow.
In other words, they’re a load of crap, and each section is grouped by the phrase I muttered the first time I saw them, minus the expletives. This is a professional informational work, and there’s a limit to the number of four-letter-words an audience can be expected to stomach before it gets excessive.

III.a. Did you Mean Agender?

III.b.Did You Mean Gender Non-Conforming?

III.c. Did You Mean Genderfluid/Polygender?

III.d. Did You Mean Questioning?

III.e. …I’m Not Sure What You Meant.

III.f. Bruh, You’re Cis


IV. MOGAI Gender Systems

MOGAI gender systems are "used to define gender identity, alignment, or presentation. These are usually non-binary genders, or xenogenders. Systems usually have an aesthetic or theme that it follows."3

IV.a. Celestial Gender System

A system of xenogenders that have a "soft, celestial energy” to them. These energies are not masculine aligned or feminine aligned, but can be linked. All of these genders have a connection to space/celestial energy or aesthetics.

IV.b. Exemgender (Pokemon) Gender System

A system of xenogenders that have wild and animalistic traits, following the Pokemon types as a theme.

IV.c. Galactian Alignment System

Another space-based alignment system.

IV.d. Gender Element System

Supposedly defines the essence of a gender using classical elements and combinations thereof, but in reality is a tangled web of failed conlang attempts. Very reminiscent of that old iphone game Doodle God.

IV.e. Palette System

Color-based gender system

IV.f. Xenic Alignment System (Gem Gender System):

A system of genders aligned to gemstones


V. MOGAI Sexualities

V.a. Xenosexuality

V.a.1. Aesthetisexuality

Aesthetisexuality is a subtype of Xenosexuality. Aesthetisexuality encompasses all sexualities which have an aesthetic component. Spoiler alert: there’s a more one. Because where the hell else am I supposed to file “I like to get eaten while I fuck so much that I need to let everyone know immediately, and also I’m oppressed because people avoid me.”
Wow. No fucking shit they avoid you, Kai. Can I avoid you, too?

V.a.1.i. Esmosexuality

Esmosexuality is a subtype of Aesthetisexuality. Esmosexuality encompasses all sexualities which are influenced by emotion, because feeling emotions about and around getting laid is something TV makes us think is, like, gaaaaay.

V.a.2. Religisexuality
V.a.2.i. Kinsexuality

Kinsexuality is a subtype of Religisexuality. Kinsexuality encompasses all sexualities which are influenced by otherkinism.
I really just can’t write a more comedic or sad intro than that, and if I try, I might break something, like my tenuous grasp on sanity.

V.a.2.ii. Mytholosexuality

Mytholosexuality is a subtype of Religisexuality. Mytholosexuality encompasses all sexualities which are influenced mythology.
Amazingly, although Zeus was a serial-person-and-animal fucker, there’s not a single sexuality related to him. I expect someone is rectifying that right now.
Please don’t.

Fictisexuality

Fictisexuality is a subtype of Aesthetisexuality. Fictisexuality encompasses all sexualities which are influenced by fictional characters. I feel like the Anime girl waif pillows are the comedic low-hanging fruit in this situation, but that’s really a bit of a reach. Even though this is MOGAI, surely nobody is ridiculous enough to claim they’re not straight because they like Anime characters, right?
Not right. So very, very wrong, in fact.

Naturosexuality

Naturosexuality is a subtype of Aesthetisexuality. Naturosexuality encompasses all sexualities which are tied to nature.
“Tree-huggers” were what our parents called them (or were, or both), but just like everything else in the 21st century, we had to go and try to improve on that. And just like everything else in the 21st century, we instead created a vast and unforeseen problem that will be haunting us for years to come.

Neurosexuality

Neurosexuality is a subtype of IdentityPoliticsSexuality. Neurosexuality encompasses all sexualities which are influenced by neurodivergency.
For brevity’s sake, physical disabilities have been filed under this label, as well, because once you’ve reached the point where you’re trying to be non-het because you have low spoons, who fucking cares?

Miscellaneous MOGAI Sexualities

These sexualities don’t fit in anywhere else which, really, make them the most MOGAI of all.


Types of Attraction According to MOGAI

Split Attraction Model (SAM)

According to MOGAI, "the split attraction model or SAM is a model of attraction used by many ace-spec and aro-spec people to describe their identity. The SAM states that for some people sexual attraction and romantic attraction are two different things. For explain, an asexual person may feel romantic attraction, and an aromantic person may feel sexual attraction. In those cases the a-spec person may describe their identity using the SAM.

If someone's sexual and romantic orientation are the same they can use one word. For example, one would not have to say 'pansexual and panromantic' they could just say they're pansexual.

There are several ways to express their split attraction. If someone is aromantic but still feels sexual attraction toward people of the same gender they could identify and 'aromantic and homosexual'. They could also identify as 'aromantic and gay/lesbian'. Either way the a-spec person identifies both their romantic and sexual orientation."

Tertiary Attraction

According to MOGAI, "tertiary Attraction is a term from aro-spec [and MOGAI] communities to describe forms of attraction other than romantic and sexual. Typically romantic relationship contain a mix of all of these forms of attraction, but, because one or more form of attraction is missing it becomes easier for a-spec people to point out alternate forms of attraction.
While often dismissed by society tertiary attractions can be felt just as strongly as the attraction experienced by alloromantics/sexuals.
Tertiary attractions can be given modifiers using the usual prefixes. For example one can be bialterous, meaning they experience alterous attraction towards people of two or more genders.
Tertiary attraction is named such because romantic and sexual attraction are typically split into the 'main' two attractions using the split attraction model."

Juvelic System

"Juvelic is a term for gender-based attraction and orientation labels. sapphic, diamoric, etc. do fit because of their reference to gender (non-specific) on both sides. any gender or gender identity can be used in describing a juvelic orientation."4


VI. MOGAI Pronouns

VI.a. Nounself Pronouns

Nounself pronouns are one of the most widely-recognized MOGAI artifacts. Also known colloquially (and somewhat pejoratively) as “bunself pronouns” due to a popular and early rabbit-themed “pronoun” set, Nounself pronouns emerged sometime around 2014. Today, they continue to be a mainstay of MOGAI identity, and a source of both amusement and aggravation for literally everybody else.
The basic premise is simple: absolutely any word can be turned (read: bastardized, contorted, twisted, tortured) into a pronoun by the simple expedient of adding or subtracting letters as called for by context. Making it look as though whatever you’re writing was typed monkey in the process of having a stroke is optional, but seems to be generally encouraged.

Using the bunself “pronoun set” as an example, “he walked to his house and let himself inside” would read “bun walked to buns house and let bunself inside.

Horrified screaming gets the point across just as well, though.

VI.b. Emojiself Pronouns

They’re exactly what they sound like. Emojiself pronouns—otherwise known as Peak MOAGI™—emerged in very late 2017 or the first days of 20185. Since then, there’s been a general uptick in their adoption, or at least, in proclamations of their validity.
Many of the pleas for emojiself pronoun validation are undoubtedly sent in by trolls (or, perhaps, people incredulous about the depths to which MOGAI sinks without self-reflection?). The fact that the requests are not only dignified with responses, but enthusiastically embraced by blogs offering such services ought to raise more than a few red flags for anyone with a modicum of common sense.

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