Yay! A whole page of nice stuff happening to people so far (of course that shouldn't put anyone off posting negative things if negative things happen, it's just that reading this page made me smile
As for me, I posted a little while back that I was starting to explore gender expression and gender identity a bit. So far that's been very low key - wearing brighter colours, deliberately going for colour combinations that look more feminine, wearing slightly more fitted clothes and deliberately raising and softening my voice a little (for avoidance of confusion I have AFAIK one X and one Y chromosome, and have so far in my life identified as male).
Well today I looked in the mirror and, this is difficult to describe, but the feminine features of my face and body appeared much more prominent than I was used to. I hadn't changed, but what I noticed
about myself had.
I guess I've always had a fair few "traditionally feminine" characteristics* - long eyelashes, a small nose, "soft" lines to my face, full lips, larger breasts and hips than is usual for a male of my weight and small hands with long slender fingers (as small as or smaller than most of my female friends in fact). That's coupled with some fairly "masculine" features as well - a deep voice, thick dark body hair, a full beard. I'd always given the masculine features more weight in my self-image than the feminine features, until this morning, where they felt equal, sort of balanced, with more emphasis on the feminine if anything.
I liked what I saw. It felt immediately like me
, although that having been said, times when I've felt very masculine have also felt like me. I think I've got some more thinking/exploring to do but I'm beginning to suspect that terms like genderfluid might be in my future.
P.S. Just realised that both my names, my "real" first name, and the middle name that I more often go by, are, if not entirely gender-neutral than at least gender-ambiguous, which is convenient.
*In inverted commas because I realise how problematic it is to define gender by physical appearance, and I'm not trying to do that, except in so far that I've found that my physical appearance does relate to my impressions of my own gender.