…and Gender

The Janya are significantly egalitarian in gendered social norms as a practical matter; although masculine, feminine, and hijra (both/neither) social roles exist to varying degrees (most strongly in the Artisan caste, least so in the Savant caste), these are for the most part elective as opposed to assumed by biology. The Jangla language, while including gendered pronouns, can be easily used without them (and frequently is). English equivalents would be: He/She/Zhe, Him/Her/Zhim, His/Her/Zher, His/Hers/Zhers. Jangla does not include grammatical gender as noun classification (unlike the Latin, German, or French languages).

  • The appropriate term of address for any of the three genders in the Artisan caste is “Artīre”, abbreviate to “Ar.” as an honorific.
  • The appropriate term of address for any of the three genders in the Nobility or Cleric castes is “Nobilis”, abbreviated to “Ns.” as an honorific.
  • The appropriate term of address for someone of the Savant caste is “Sapere”, abbreviated to “Sa.” as an honorific.

On the matter of gender identification, Janya culture celebrates personal choice in the matter, although the Nobility caste practice of frequent (and apparently arbitrary) gender reassignment is seen as a somewhat bourgeois practice, although not a terribly surprising one. As a practical matter, transitions along any of the three axes are a relatively simple matter of Vivacism based Ayurvedic Technik, with a recovery time of a few weeks for full desired reproductive function to return.

The Kisiti, on the other hand, are a strongly matriarchal society. They have a pronounced tendency to reduce gender to a simple binary. When in doubt, they default to labeling strong Janya as “she”, and quiet Janya as “he”.

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