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Raising Awareness, Driving Change
Who Are The Ungendered?
Marketing in a Non-Binary World
Conclusions and Recommendations
Methodology and Definitions
Changing approaches to gender
Thinking around gender is moving beyond the breaking down of stereotypes into rejection of the concept of gender, with more young people identifying as neither male nor female.
Western society moving to accept third genders
In line with this there has been a shift in legal approaches to gender, with the self declaration model taken up in some countries, and more companies and official bodies using language and policy that is inclusive of non-binary people. However, a push towards the far right in parts of Western Europe and the US puts these progressive acts in jeopardy, with the Trump administration already starting to roll back on transgender issues such as bathroom rights.
The ungendered are young, liberal and educated
Acceptance of gender as non-binary appears to be most pronounced among people aged under 24 years. The US is the focal area of this movement but it is also accepted in Western Europe. It is not just those who identify as ungendered who feel strongly about the importance of non-binary inclusiveness: their peers also consider this to be an important issue.
Marketing to the ungendered requires new ways of thinking
Marketing to young people, whether or not they identify as ungendered, therefore should avoid adherence to outdated stereotypes and look to embrace a more inclusive mindset. The fashion world is the centre of ungendered marketing, with trans/gender neutral models and attempts at creating unisex product, with varying degrees of success.
Target people as individuals, not stereotype
The most successful marketing to the ungendered breaks gender codes and focuses not on tired notions of gender, but on appealing to humans and targeting other aspects of character, while maintaining authenticity.