How Many Genders are There Anyway?

The answer is “it depends,” but generally speaking it’s five.

Daniel Goldman
Feb 5, 2019 · 5 min read

I started writing this article as an academic paper, but I figured it might be useful to open it up to more general audiences, in part because there’s so much confusion about the nature of gender. While to truly understand gender, it’s important to understand what something I call “eidos,” I think I can explain a few points here.

An Eidos is a social role that divide societies into distinct groups which establish the way in which people