how to make a xenogender
(Or another kind of label, new flag for an existing label, etc...)
Are you coining a gender or orientation? Or designing a flag for a new or existing one? Consider this your tutorial!
A Carrd written with love by Ez. Feel free to send me any other resources you want me to add!
Xenogender: A nonbinary gender identity 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. It’s mainly an umbrella term for genders with themes such as nouns, archetypes, synesthetic experiences, neurodivergences.
Look around to make sure the term you're interested in coining doesn't already exist in some fashion.
Google, Bing, Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr search
Gender Archival blogs! There are a lot of these, I recommend notcishetarchive, variant-archive, gender-archival & flagalog especially. You can also just go straight to my askbox and I'll look through all the blogs I know of for you.
Does this already exist? If it does, is there anything particularly different about the term you're coining? What are the benefits of using this label, compared to the other existing one?
Is this label exclusive to anyone? Is it only for ND people, or open to anyone? If it's exclusive to ND people, why?
What metaphors could people who identify as this use to describe their experience?
Is this label anything in nature? Gender natures are a method of describing qualities of a gender. (For example, in addition to the other words used in it's description, gendersolus is described as AGIN, meaning that it's agender-in-nature.)
What subcategories might this gender fall under? Cryobinary? Faunagender? Gamegender?
When naming a gender, too, remember that it doesn't have to just be -gender. There are plenty of options.
Some suffixes are usually used for specific kinds of genders. You can see multiple methods/spectrums of genders that your new term might fall under on the docs, like pan-, demi-, semi-, etc.
making a flag
Look at other pride flags - Don't directly take a flag and recolor it, especially if the term you're coining isn't related, but try to gain inspiration from the kinds of designs other people make.
Flags don't all have to look the same. Some examples of unique flags:
Including symbols is a good way to make your flag stand out, but make sure they're vectors, which can be resized/recreated (not illustrations or real photographs, which can't be resized/recreated and make your flag difficult to use). High quality, free-for-commercial-use vectors of all types of things can be found on Pixabay.
Avoid extremely bright or clashing colors. Not only can these cause people eye strain, but some people with photosensitive epilepsy can have seizures triggered by that eye strain. Pride flags should be accessible.
It's a good idea to make sure the flag includes colors that could feasibly made into merchandise like printed flags. Pantone's color finder is a good place to start.
Medibang Paint and GIMP seem to be popular for flag making. Here's a tag of other free art programs.
People who use your pride flag may not be able to credit you every time, and your flag, if it catches on, will more than likely be reposted without credit and printed on merch, which is just a byproduct of designing a flag that you may need to be prepared for. (When was the last time the pansexual flag's creator was tagged in an edit?)
Practical Pride Flag Design by Fieldscarecrows
Tips by Whimsy-Flags
Flag Templates & Symbols by Neopronouns
Flags, Templates, Symbols, etc by Pride-Flags
Symbols by Pupyzu
Try to include pronunciation, color/layout meanings, date of original coining, exclusivity, and anything else you think might be important for people to know about the term.
On Tumblr, DNI banners are also a good idea. You can also send me your Tumblr posts (not @) for me to reblog!
Avoid using colored text, fancy fonts, typing quirks, or rapidly moving GIF images so that the post is easier to understand and can't cause eye strain.
Too nervous to post in case you get hate? Let me post it for you! Contact me and we can talk about this.
Remember not everything has to be -gender, gender- is also common, or it may not use the word gender at all! (Like kenochoric, intric, etc)
If applicable, a gender term may also use -man, -woman, -boy, -girl, etc.
If appropriate, don't be afraid to use another language's version of the suffix/prefix, which can usually be found by Googling it; For example, -ic comes up with it's origins: French -ique, Latin -icus and Greek -ikos.
-an (one that does or deals with, example)
-al, -ial (resembling or pertaining to, example, having the characteristics of)
-ac (related to)
-an (relating to, belonging to)
-ary (belonging to)
-ant (inclined to or tending to)
-en (to become, to make __, made up of something, to cause to)
-esque (reminiscent of)
-ion (the action of)
-ous, eous, ious (having the qualities of)
-ian (relating to, belonging to)
in-, im-, il-, ir- (not)
-ive (having the nature of)
-ure (having the condition of)
Associated With Specific Kinds Of Genders
-ique (related to, often used autonomous in nature genders like maverique)
-baonic (based off the Greek word for base, referring to a gender's base)
vir (for male aligned/connected genders, gendervir)
-wavic (genders related to -wave aesthetics, synthwave, vaporwave.)
-coric (for genders based off -core aesthetics, any established -core aesthetic that gets results when searched for)
-albumic: genders related to a certain music album
-numeralic: genders that are related to a number
-kinic (for kingenders, alienkinic)
-honum (for genders relating to being nonhuman)
-intric (genders relating to being an introject, gemintric)
-nurix (fluctuating neurogenders, when the gender stays still because it is connected to a mental illness, but the strength of it is fluid)
-hypic (neurogenders related to hyperfixations, minehypic)
-musihypic (neurogenders based off of music hyperfixations)
-fascic (from fascigender, neurogenders related to special interests)
- spinnic/spinny (an alternative to fascic)
flag templates you can edit in a browser!
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Canva is an online image editor with a focus on graphic design. It has both free and paid versions, I typically use the free format and find it very useful. It connects to numerous stock image resources, lets you upload your own images and sample colors from them, has templates, etc. All of the above flags were made in Canva. Below are links to templates that you can access once logged in:
If any links break or you need more help, feel free to contact me off anon. Template requests are for $1+ Patrons, but you can suggest flags for me to make Canva templates of and I'll consider it!