Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
I kind of yearn for the days when everyone was either M or F, but then most people were sane too!
Actually those days weren't 'real' as many gay, lesbian, trans and others still existed, they just didn't talk about it, reveal it or there wasn't the language yet to explain what was going on.
Historically (not recent history since recent history has increased the recognition of more than just the two)M and F terms were the 'only' terms because that was the way society decided things were, mostly because that's the way we all ended up being pulled into living thanks to the dominance of the Christian faith (though other religions did and still practice that M & F are the only genders). Ironically, early Islam and Judaism did make allowances for "other" besides M and F. Other religions also had acceptances for other sexualities: African beliefs, Australian Aborigines, Classical mythos (Greek, Egypt, Norse), Hinduism, most Pagan faiths, Shinto, Pacific Islands, some Native American tribes...
So no, even if there were 'days' people were called 'M or F', it wasn't because that's all there was.