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Yippee! Facebook Now Offers 56 ‘Gender Options’

From a cheering Associated Press:

New gender options for Facebook users

By MARTHA MENDOZA | Feb 14, 2014

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Female, chose three: Androgynous, Transgender and Genderqueer.

What a beautiful thing. And Obama-Care didn’t even have to cover the cost of the operations.

Across the country Thursday, news swept through the transgender community that social media giant Facebook had added 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.

There are actually 56 options. (See the list below.) But the AP was probably too excited to stop and count them.

And one after another, they made their changes in a quiet revolution of sorts…

Yes, what a revolution. What an historic moment.

Facebook said the changes, shared with The Associated Press before the launch, 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.

‘Gender fluid’ sounds a little disgusting.

"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

The change at Facebook drew dozens of appreciative postings on the company’s diversity website, although some pointed out the need to make relationships gender neutral, rather than using terms such as son or daughter. Others asked for sexual orientation options. The company said they were already working on it.

Naturally. We can’t leave any stone unturned.

The move by Facebook represents a basic and yet significant form of recognition of the nation’s growing transgender rights movement, which has been spurred by veteran activists and young people who identify as transgender at younger ages…

Great. We needed yet another ‘movement.’

The Human Rights Campaign last year found that 10 percent of the 10,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender youths it surveyed used "other" or wrote in their own gender terms…

Google+ offers male, female and "other" as choices, but transgender advocates said Facebook’s many specific options puts the platform well ahead of any other online community. About 1 percent of Google+ users identify as other.

And nobody ever lists their gender as ‘other’ as a joke.

Transgender activist Nori Herras-Castaneda, a spokeswoman for the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center in San Jose, said her community has been waiting and lobbying both online and off for this to happen for a long time. "We always talk about how gender is a spectrum," she said…

Yep, just like with everything else, there are no lines. There certainly is no right or wrong. That would be oppression, man.

For the record, here are the 56 current Facebook gender options:

Cis Female
Cis Male
Cis Man
Cis Woman
Cisgender Female
Cisgender Male
Cisgender Man
Cisgender Woman
Female to Male
Gender Fluid
Gender Nonconforming
Gender Questioning
Gender Variant
Male to Female
Trans Female
Trans Male
Trans Man
Trans Person
Trans Woman
Trans* Female
Trans* Male
Trans* Man
Trans* Person
Trans* Woman
Transgender Female
Transgender Male
Transgender Man
Transgender Person
Transgender Woman
Transsexual Female
Transsexual Male
Transsexual Man
Transsexual Person
Transsexual Woman

Somehow we still bitterly resent Facebook trying to pigeon-hole us like this.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Yippee! Facebook Now Offers 56 ‘Gender Options’”

  1. yadayada says:

    “gender fluid” !?!?!?!

    EEEEEWWW !! don’t get any on me !

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I belong to God. I don’t know about the rest of these … ‘things’ ..

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