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

    Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female' - Computerworld

    Facebook, in a move that acknowledges the social issues around gender identity, updated its site to give its users more ways to express their gender.

    The changes make available to users a list of roughly 50 different terms they can use to identify themselves. Among them: "Trans," "Trans Female," "Trans Male," "Genderqueer," "Gender Variant" and even "Androgynous," a term used for describing combined male and female characteristics. In addition, users can choose among three pronouns to be used in referring to them: "her," "him" or "them."

    Facebook has incorporated privacy controls into the term selections. If users choose one or several of these new options, they can use Facebook's settings to control with whom their new classification is shared, such as "public" or "just friends.

    The choice of pronoun, however, is always public. If a person chooses "neutral" for the pronoun, then instead of Facebook saying, "Wish her a happy birthday" on someone's special day, the site will say, "Wish them a happy birthday."

    The new options can be accessed from a person's "About" page, by clicking on "Custom" in the drop-down menu for gender.

    To make the changes and decide which terms to add, Facebook worked with a group of LGBT advocacy organizations, with the nonprofit Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD, leading the charge. Other groups involved in the effort included The Trevor Project, which provides crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth (the "Q" stands for questioning), and the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center.
    In my opinion, this is pretty cool. The ostracism that a lot of these folks feel for not fitting a mold leads to all sorts of issues, such as depression. This thing that Facebook is doing which harms nobody and perhaps helps others feel more comfortable in their own skin.

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

    MENLO PARK, CALIF. – You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

    Facebook said the changes, shared with The Associated Press before the launch on Thursday, initially cover the company's 159 million monthly users in the U.S. and are aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves, such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual.

    "There's going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world," said Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison, who worked on the project and is herself undergoing gender transformation, from male to female. On Thursday, while watchdogging the software for any problems, she said she was also changing her Facebook identity from Female to TransWoman.

    Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender | Fox News


    How far we have strayed....
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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

    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.

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

    "gender fluid"?

    Sounds sticky.

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

    We posted this at the same time! I asked the Mod to combine them.
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    Re: Male, female or 'custom'? Facebook announces 50 ways to define gender

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

    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?
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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?
    To be inclusive, tolerant and allow everyone freedom of expression.

    Then they set it on private.
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    Re: Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'

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    Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female' - Computerworld



    In my opinion, this is pretty cool. The ostracism that a lot of these folks feel for not fitting a mold leads to all sorts of issues, such as depression. This thing that Facebook is doing which harms nobody and perhaps helps others feel more comfortable in their own skin.
    Maybe it's time for DP to follow suit.

    Edit:

    I wonder what the little symbols would look like.

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    Perhaps this would suffix for "other" --
    Last edited by MaggieD; 02-14-14 at 01:55 PM.

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