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Genderfuck is a gender performance which plays with traditional gender identities, gender roles, and gender presentations, as well as with sexism and anti-gay bias. Examples include androgyny, drag kings, cross-dressing, effeminacy in men, masculinity in women, etc.

Examples of genderfuck in relation to physical performance or appearance include people prominently displaying secondary sex characteristics of different genders together – such as breasts and a beard.

As opposed to genderqueer or transgender presentation, genderfuck is generally an intentional attempt to present a confusing gender identity which contributes to dismantling the perception of a gender binary.

See also


  • Thomas, Calvin, ed. (2000). Straight with a Twist: Queer Theory and the Subject of Heterosexuality. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0252068130.
  • Smith, Clyde (2000). “How I Became a Queer Heterosexual”, p.65.