Boy or girl? In Germany, the birth of a child, including the indication of the sex, must be reported to the registry office within one week. But what happens if neither of these options applies? For a long time, a binary understanding of gender was prevalent in our society, so legally and socially only the genders “male” or “female” existed, which meant that people with other gender identities were excluded from society. Since December 2018, people in Germany have therefore been able to assign themselves to a “third gender” in the birth register and select the entry “diverse”.
This was preceded by the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court in October 2017 that the German Basic Law also protects the gender identity of people who cannot be permanently assigned to either the male or female gender, i.e. who are intersexual. In Germany, it is assumed that this applies to about 0.2% of people. But what does this actually mean for people and for our society? How is gender defined, and what about the discourse on non-binary, trans or intersex identities?
The exhibition “Das dritte Geschlecht (The third gender)” shows art and design positions that deal with those questions and reflect on dealing with gender diversity from a social and societal point of view.
Artistic direction: Janusz Czech, Tobias Ebel