For many people, the concept of non-binary and transgenderism seems like a fairly recent phenomenon, for they think that it’s a new fad that Gen Y and Z are spreading. However, there is documented evidence that gender dysphoria has occurred from the dawn of recorded human history. It has existed independent from Gen Y and Z for thousands of years, and the recent surge of people changing their genders are merely expressing themselves more now. Moreover, there is new evidence to prove this that has been unearthed with an almost 1,000-year-old corpse.
A corpse found in Finland was analyzed and it shows that a warrior that was conferred to be a woman might have actually been nonbinary. In the story published by the peer-reviewed European Journal of Archeology, they described how this soldier challenged preconceived notions of gender. They were biologically female based on DNA evidence, but they seemed to not follow any pre/modern gender roles.
The warrior was first discovered in 1968, near Suontaka Vesitorninmäki, southern Finland. They were buried with a sword and jewelry, which included brooches and fragments of woolen clothing. The clothing was considered more feminine and meant for women of the era. During DNA analysis, the warrior most likely had Klinefelter syndrome, which made them anatomically more masculine. Klinegelter syndrome means that a (male) person was born with an extra X chromosome (XXY).
Those with Klinegelter syndrome usually have lower levels of testosterone, a smaller penis, undescended testicles, enlarged breasts, and infertility.
According to the journal, the person experienced "a respected person whose gender identity may well have been non-binary."This showed that the warrior might not have been considered a woman or a man because of how they were buried and treated. The scientists also said, "The abundant collection of objects buried in the grave is proof that the person was not only accepted but also valued and respected."
All of this evidence shows that the person did not fit into the labels or categories that modern humans would use to see what gender they were. This could lead to a better understanding of gender and the roles it plays in our society.
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