I personally consider myself gender fluid. I have a hard time thinking of myself in terms of “Man or Woman”. I mean, what exactly does ‘gender’ /mean/.
But I’m incredibly aware of the fact that I have a vagina, I will someday be pregnant (iyh”), and I am in a relationship with a human with a penis (who is also gender fluid). So, in the Jewish practice, which has dichotomatic responsibilities, I chose the ones for people who have menstrual cycles.
But, I’m starting to question what that means. Jewesses aren’t *required* to pray thrice a day, but they should if they can… married Jewesses and Jewish men are required to cover their heads, but maids are not… tzit tzit are only required if you have corners on your clothing, but the theory is that one should not pass up an opportunity to do a mitzvah, but women aren’t bound by it because it’s a time based mitzvah and lactating boobs have their own plans.
But we are required to dress like our genders (my interpretation of that law is that, if you choose a gender, don’t disguise yourself as another gender. No one gender is more desirable than another, nor can you shirk your responsibility by playing both sides). So I dress like an Orthodox Jewess, but to me, that’s more of a uniform.
I guess what’s interesting is that I’m starting to see a difference in doing things because I happen have a (currently) working vagina, because I want to visually affiliate myself with other religious humans who associate with those who have vaginas, and because I’m a fulfilling a mitzvah.