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

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Not hard but places extra strain on databases and computing power.
    Oh, fair enough.
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    Re: Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'

    Gender is a social construct and there have been more than two genders in many cultures in the world. How gender is defined is a moving target as well. Sex is a male or female. Gender is about your social expression of how you express that sex. Masculine and Feminine are defined by the culture you are in as well as having them linked to physical sex in many cases. But for some cultures a third way of being that crosses lines or blends more of the two to create something new. Ancient Rome, Native American and Indian Hindu cultures all have a third gender or more. This is not new at all.

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

    This is my generation. We're so f***ing special we needed to invent 50 gender types to identify ourselves.

    And the saddest part is to read the OP's declaration that this doesn't pigeon-hole us into separate groups. That's exactly what it does.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    *Male
    *Female
    *Magical Third Gender

    On a serious note, why waste time listing some fifty terms when they could just let the user fill it in?
    Because it brings more press for Facebook, of course.

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

    Doesn't really effect me either way so not really that bothered by it. No skin off my nose.
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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Why should anyone care? It's none of your business. Maybe it's silly, hell a lot of it seems silly to me. But those who are really obviously bothered by this are only exposing the fact that they are on the losing side of a culture war. It may be weird to you but this is part of the future.
    I HIGHLY doubt that 58 gender choices is the wave of the future. But, if it is, then I'll happily buck the system and continue, until the day I die, to use male/he/him/his and female/she/her/hers.
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    Re: Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'

    Quote Originally Posted by StringBean View Post
    This is my generation. We're so f***ing special we needed to invent 50 gender types to identify ourselves.

    And the saddest part is to read the OP's declaration that this doesn't pigeon-hole us into separate groups. That's exactly what it does.
    Exactly! I think a big part of this is the "but, I'm special" mentality of so many in the younger generations (generations, for the record, that I am a part of). It has gotten to the point where so many demand to be treated differently (such as making up genders for themselves), but still get pissed when you actually TREAT them differently. "I'm different, I'm special, but dammit don't treat me like I am different!"
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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Did Zuckerberg fail English class? "Them" is a plural pronoun. Unless you're two people, "them" is superfluous. A better distinction is "it". A trans can be properly described as "it", since there's a disconnect between what they are and what they want to be. Neutrality wins out.
    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    Split personalities or something.
    Here you go

    Singular they - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Also, Oxford Dictionary

    them: definition of them in Oxford dictionary (American English) (US)

    Sure it can mean:
    1used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to two or more people or things previously mentioned or easily identified: I bathed the kids and read them stories rows of doors, most of them locked
    But it can also mean:
    1.2 [singular] referring to a person of unspecified sex: how well do you have to know someone before you call them a friend?
    No need to thank me for the correction.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Heebie Jeebie View Post
    We need two words to define the gender of 99.99999% of the worlds populations and we need 50 to define the remaining 0.0000001%? Why?
    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    To be inclusive, tolerant and allow everyone freedom of expression.

    Then they set it on private.
    So just so we're clear, there's a guy complaining that the English language has too many words and someone upset that people are making personal choices that have no impact on him whatsoever.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Koros View Post
    I HIGHLY doubt that 58 gender choices is the wave of the future. But, if it is, then I'll happily buck the system and continue, until the day I die, to use male/he/him/his and female/she/her/hers.
    Well if you think about it, it probably is when you factor in dramatic advances in biotechnology and our ability to manipulate everything from gender to sensory and neural input. It not only isn't implausible it seems inevitable that artificial gender constructions would come about as a result of experimentation. This is of course over the coming century or two, but maybe sooner.

    However I was more referring to societal sensitivity to self-declarations like this and generally speaking acceptance of it. This is in the scheme of a generally dramatically liberalized cultural attitude towards sex and it's associated issues as successive generations come to the fore.

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