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Generation Z Can Rest Assured Their Gender Is Irrelevant

Peter Alexander, you are a true visionary.

26/05/2016 5:51 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST
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I was delighted when I read an interview with Peter Alexander discussing his sexuality or lack there of.

How refreshing. How honest. How non-representative of the over sexualised world we live in. He said: "Marriage has never appealed to me. I am pro-gay marriage for equality's sake, but it's not something I've ever felt I needed to do with a man or a woman. I am not in a relationship at the moment. I am not very into relationships for sex -- they're not important to me." He made me think about the rise of gender neutrality, a state where the sex and overt sexuality is not important as an indicator of who you are. Mr Alexander, you are a true visionary.

He has hit on an underlying nerve in culture. A gender neutrality that is trying to rise out of the depths of the over-sexed culture we have been devoured by. Thirteen-year-old girls are lured into Victoria's Secret one bottle of perfume at a time -- to be a true angel and worthy of male attention you must smell like acid rain, or, as they call it, "Love Spell". Then, as soon as your breasts break from buds, they'll have you in the wings before you can say padded bra. Boys may not play with toy guns anymore, but the firearms on video games are arguably worse, as they ironically lose muscle tone by pulling the console trigger asserting their male supremacy over nonexistent digital villages.

Not an new idea, I know, but what if our young children's primal urge is to no longer have their future gender defined by commercial business and old hierarchical constructs? There is a growing percentage of Gen Z, the generation after the famous Millennials, who would prefer to be accepted for their values and attitudes before their gender.

Let's face it, wouldn't we all? The difference is these kids might have a real chance. 82 percent of Gen Z say they don't care about gender. 56 percent of 13 to 20-year-olds said that they knew someone who went by gender neutral pronouns such as "they," "them," or "ze", compared to 43 percent of people aged 28 to 34 years old. Over a third of Gen Z respondents also strongly agreed that gender did not define a person as much as it used to.

Fashion is getting gender neutral with brands such as Muji and Uniqlo. At these stores, a jumper is blue for boys and blue for girls. These brands deliver to a global domination philosophy that surpasses gender, race and culture.

Robots and Artificial Intelligence have no gender, they are gender free. As they replace our jobs in the future they will displace traditional notions of gender. IMB Watson's artificial intelligence is the smartest oncologist on the planet, normally a role reserved for the male gender. Technology strips away gender bias and thank goodness all signs show that technology will continue to grow at an exponential rate.

Modern aesthetic and design also heralds a new gender neutrality. The democratisation of homewares, thanks in large to IKEA, means we don't have overtly male or female furniture. Rather, it has an aesthetic functionality that is dominant over all else.

I have never met Mr Alexander, but should he see this, I implore him to advise the business to deliver a gender-neutral pajama range so Gen Z can rest assured that they are a true expression of themselves as they drift off into a dream state of gender neutrality.

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