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    Re: Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'

    I'll say this much, If J. Edgar Hoover were alive today Facebook would be his best friend.

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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    1. Agender/Neutrois — These terms are used by people who don't identify with any gender at all — they tend to either feel they have no gender or a neutral gender. Some use surgery and/or hormones to make their bodies conform to this gender neutrality.

    2. Androgyne/Androgynous — Androgynes have both male and female gender characteristics and identify as a separate, third gender.

    3. Bigender — Someone who is bigender identifies as male and female at different times. Whereas an androgyne has a single gender blending male and female, a bigender switches between the two.

    4. Cis/Cisgender — Cisgender is essentially the opposite of transgender (cis- being Latin for "on this side of" versus trans-, "on the other side"). People who identify as cisgender are males or females whose gender aligns with their birth sex.

    5. Female to Male/FTM — Someone who is transitioning from female to male, either physically (transsexual) or in terms of gender identity.

    6. Gender Fluid — Like bigender people, the gender-fluid feel free to express both masculine and feminine characteristics at different times.

    7. Gender Nonconforming/Variant — This is a broad category for people who don't act or behave according to the societal expectation for their sex. It includes cross-dressers and tomboys as well as the transgender.

    8. Gender Questioning — This category is for people who are still trying to figure out where they fit on the axes of sex and gender.

    9. Genderqueer — This is an umbrella term for all nonconforming gender identities. Most of the other identities in this list fall into the genderqueer category.

    10. Intersex — This term refers to a person who was born with sexual anatomy, organs, or chromosomes that aren't entirely male or female. Intersex has largely replaced the term "hermaphrodite" for humans.

    11. Male to Female/MTF — Someone who is transitioning from male to female, either physically (transsexual) or in terms of gender identity.

    12. Neither — You understand this one: "I don't feel like I'm fully male or fully female. 'Nuff said."

    13. Non-binary — People who identify as non-binary disregard the idea of a male and female dichotomy, or even a male-to-female continuum with androgyny in the middle. For them, gender is a complex idea that might fit better on a three-dimensional chart, or a multidimensional web.

    14. Other — Like "neither," this is pretty self-explanatory. It can cover everything from "I'd prefer not to specify how I don't fit in the gender dichotomy" to "My gender is none of your damn business, Facebook."

    15. Pangender — Pangender is similar to androgyny, in that the person identifies as a third gender with some combination of both male and female aspects, but it's a little more fluid. It can also be used as an inclusive term to signify "all genders."

    16. Trans/Transgender — Transgender is a broad category that encompasses people who feel their gender is different than the sex they were born — gender dysphoria. They may or may not choose to physically transition from their birth sex to their experienced gender.

    17. Transsexual — Transsexual refers to transgender people who outwardly identify as their experienced gender rather than their birth sex. Many, but not all, transsexuals are transitioning (or have transitioned) from male to female or female to male through hormone therapy and/or gender reassignment surgery.

    18. Two-spirit — This term refers to gender-variant Native Americans. In more than 150 Native American tribes, people with "two spirits" — a term coined in the 1990s to replace the term "berdache" — were part of a widely accepted, often respected, category of gender-ambiguous men and women.
    This at least sheds some light. But honestly, this is really confusing. I like boobs.

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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    There's no singular neutral gender pronoun. We (and by we I mean English writers everywhere) have been struggling with this futilely forever. I've opted to go with "he" and if someone doesn't like it he's free to make the effort to introduce the word of his choosing to the English language.
    "It" works.

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    Re: Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'

    I am surprised. Nobody has coined the term (and I know my dark humor will get the best of me one day as I even make fun of thing I hold sacred and myself)

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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    "It" works.
    No it doesn't. "It" refers to an inanimate or at least non-human object. Use it in a sentence and tell me with a straight face it doesn't sound clumsy. And that's the problem with the English language: we don't have a word that doesn't sound wrong as a gender neutral singular pronoun.

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    Re: Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    I am surprised. Nobody has coined the term (and I know my dark humor will get the best of me one day as I even make fun of thing I hold sacred and myself)

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    I'm still laughing at what this would do to the A/S/Lers out there.

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    Re: Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'

    The French might have a good pronoun: on

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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    No it doesn't. "It" refers to an inanimate or at least non-human object. Use it in a sentence and tell me with a straight face it doesn't sound clumsy. And that's the problem with the English language: we don't have a word that doesn't sound wrong as a gender neutral singular pronoun.
    That's because, back in the day, people knew that it was one or the other. Nobody was trying to buck the system.

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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    58 choices.....

    So you just got off a long flight and REALLY need to use the restroom when appears before you a long hallway with 58 different signs....none of which seem to be "Men" or "Women".....

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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    That's because, back in the day, people knew that it was one or the other. Nobody was trying to buck the system.
    According to Cracked writer C. Coville this was actually successfully (if temporarily) addressed:

    The irony is that this was actually solved as far back as the 14th century by using our now-incorrect "they" to mean "he or she." Chaucer and Shakespeare both used it, and it was only in the 18th century that a grammarian named Anne "**** Shakespeare" Fisher kicked off the anti-they trend and declared it improper.
    5 Ways You Didn't Realize the English Language Is Defective | Cracked.com

    It's funny how we can add words to the English language every day (and we do), but come up with a gender neutral singular pronoun? Nope! That's totally beyond our capabilities!

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