Exorsexism or exornormativity refers to discrimination against non-binary, intersex, and altersex individuals, as well as against individuals with gender modalities other than cis and trans. This discrimination includes beliefs that individuals can only be male or female (in both gender and sex), and that the only two gender modalities are cis and trans. Exorsexism falls under the queerphobic umbrella.
The name comes from the term XOR (Exclusive Or Operation) used in computer logic, which analyzes two input variables and only outputs 'true' when the inputs differ (one is true, the other is false). Under an exorsexist view, gender would be analyzed as follows:
- If Male=True and Female=True: not valid
- If Male=True and Female=False: valid
- If Male=False and Female=True: valid
- If Male=False and Female=False: not valid
Therefore, exorsexism is the belief that the only allowable genders are wholly and exclusively male and wholly and exclusively female, and one cannot identify as both male and female, or as neither male nor female. It also includes the belief that the only allowable gender modalities are wholly and exclusive cis and wholly and exclusively trans, and one cannot identify as both cis and trans or as neither cis nor trans.
Exorsexism was coined by Tumblr user Vergess on May 5, 2016. The term was created as there was not previously a term to describe the belief that non-binary individuals cannot exist. The term also avoids the misuse of the term 'binarism', which describes how the Western gender binary was forcibly applied to colonized individuals during the process of colonization.