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Among the more interesting options include "two-spirit", "neutrosis", "non-binary", and "gender fluid"

"Back in the day", Facebook, Inc. (FB) had a couple of rather humorous options that you could submit when it came to "What I'm interested in".  Alongside more dignified answers such as “a relationship" or "friendship," users used to be able to respond "whatever I can get" or "random play." 
 
Those options went the way of the Dodo back in 2008, but fresh off its tenth birthday celebration, Facebook is getting back to the kind of flexibility it saw in its early days in terms of how users chose to represent themselves.  Under the new policy users gain a number of profile tweaks that they can use to describe their sexuality in today's crazy and complicated world.
 
Under the new policy Facebook's billion-plus users no longer have to describe themselves as "male" or "female".  Instead they can pick a new third option "custom".  That option allows the user to type up to 10 gender terms of their choosing.

Facebook gender picking demo
Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison is perhaps an appropriate pick to demo the new technology as she herself identifies as a trans-gendered woman. [Image Source: AP]

Obviously some of the more common deviations include the not-so-heterosexual side of the spectrum, such as:
  • gay
  • lesbian
  • bisexual
  • transgender
  • aesexual
  • transvestite
But apparently Facebook itself has generated a rather broad list which it (believes) describes just about any sexuality.
Facebook Gender questioning
[Image Source: Slate]

A spokesperson comments:

While to many this change may not mean much, for those it affects it means a great deal.  We see this as one more way we can make Facebook a place where people can express their authentic identity.
Facebook LBGT genders
[Image Source: The Los Angeles Times]

In total the site offers 56+ options (via Slate):
  • Agender
  • Androgyne
    • Does not identify with either gender
  • Androgynous
    • Looking a bit male and female
  • Bigender
  • Cis
  • Cisgender
    • Apparently this means being a stereotypical member of your gender
  • Cis Female
  • Cis Male
  • Cis Man
  • Cis Woman
  • Cisgender Female
  • Cisgender Male
  • Cisgender Man
  • Cisgender Woman
  • Female to Male
  • FTM
  • Gender Fluid
    • Feels like a boy some days, a girl on others
  • Gender Nonconforming
    • We're guessing this sort of the opposite of cisgender, within a given gender
  • Gender Questioning
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Intersex
    • People with unusual/atypical genital anatomy due to mutations
  • Male to Female
  • MTF
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
    • Often used similar to asexuality
  • Non-binary
    • Not exclusively male or female... sort of the digital age bisexual
  • Other
  • Pangender
    • Someone who sees themselves as a "third gender
  • Trans
  • Trans*
  • Trans Female
  • Trans* Female
  • Trans Male
  • Trans* Male
  • Trans Man
  • Trans* Man
  • Trans Person
  • Trans* Person
  • Trans Woman
  • Trans* Woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender Female
  • Transgender Male
  • Transgender Man
  • Transgender Person
  • Transgender Woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual Female
  • Transsexual Male
  • Transsexual Man
  • Transsexual Person
  • Transsexual Woman
  • Two-Spirit
    • Based on a Native American belief that some people are born with two spirits, one of each gender

Of course the list isn't exactly complete -- it doesn't include those who identify themselves as extraterrestrial genders, people that aren't "binary fluid" but are attracted to such folks (so-called Skoliosexuals), demisexuals (those who express gender traits only when they are in love), heteroflexible (those who are homosexual only in certain circumstances such as boarding schools or prisons), or polysexual (attracted to men, women, and gender-neutral/third gender people), and bi-curious (straight, but want to explore otherwise).

Raelians

And then of course there's polyamorous, which Wikipedia refers to as a gender identity, but apparent Facebook draws the line at polygamy.

The Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group, says that roughly 10 percent of LBGT youth identify with less-common genders.  And we've already heard about how nearly a quarter of young Japanese men and half of young Japanese women in some sociological surveys identified themselves as asexual, a troubling trend researchers are trying to fight with robots that mimic human babies.

HRC President Chad Griffin praised Facebook's decision, commenting:

Over the past few years, a person's Facebook profile truly has become their online identity, and now Facebook has taken a milestone step to allow countless people to more honestly and accurately represent themselves.  Facebook’s action is one that I hope others heed in supporting individuals’ multifaceted identities.

Users can change genders by Navigating on their profile to About > (bottom of the page) > Basic Information > (edit) > Gender.

Facebook gender pronouns
[Image Source: AP]

Aside from genders, people can also pick which gender pronoun they want to be referred to by in birthday announcements and other automatically generated messages/suggestions.
 
Of course, it should be noted that all this gender stuff may not be all about equal rights and good vibes on Facebook's end.  The new profile information allows them to perhaps better market ads towards you, based on your sexual description.  It's all about the Benjamins, baby.

Sources: Slate, Human Rights Campaign, The Washington Post, The LA Times



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Who is stupid: Mick or Facebook?
By Cloudie on 2/14/14, Rating: 0
RE: Who is stupid: Mick or Facebook?
By purerice on 2/15/2014 12:43:07 AM , Rating: 2
Please re-read the article. You are talking about orientation. This is about gender. They are two different things. I just don't see why (other than $$$ from specific categorization) Facebook doesn't let you type in custom answers. For example, a friend recently lost his wife. He doesn't feel right changing his status to widowed or single but got congratulated for his "Nth anniversary". He wanted to put under relationship status "unattached but not shopping" or something like that.
Speaking of the 25% of "asexual" Japanese, "unattached but not shopping" is more of what describes most of them. They have desires but often too many obligations, not enough time, and not enough money to devote to relationships in a culture where relationships can be very expensive.


By lagomorpha on 2/15/2014 4:38:00 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
I just don't see why (other than $$$ from specific categorization)


And that's the motivation for settings like gender even existing in Facebook. Do you think your friends have to check your status to see if you are male/female/ambiguous/martian/etc? No, but whoever is writing software to target ads at you probably appreciates that information.


bigots
By chµck on 2/15/2014 9:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
you bigots need to respect my pronouns!




Article is off point and a little offensive
By zenten on 2/14/14, Rating: -1
RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By lagomorpha on 2/15/2014 4:46:35 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking of the Raelians...

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According to the Raelian Movement, the human race was created by a race of beings called the Elohim.


quote:
The Elohim are a perfect race of androgynous beings, with male and female Elohim being impossible to distinguish. They've eliminated racism, and they only have one race instead of the nine they had originally.


As far as eliminating racism goes... isn't eliminating 8 out of their 9 races maybe just not really the most progressive and tolerant way to achieve that? I mean I'm no ethicist but the idea of a "perfect race" having eliminated racism by reducing the number of races on their world from 9 to 1 seems a little too familiar.


By lagomorpha on 2/15/2014 5:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Raelian medallion. That symbol, featuring a swastika inside a Star of David, has caused some controversy in Israel, among other places, but most of the Raelians wear it. And there's a giant illuminated lucite version of it sitting on a coffee table near me.


quote:
The main subject of today's Raelian meeting is the political philosophy known as Paradism, which is described as being like Communism — except that the Proletariat are replaced with robots and nanobots, who do all the work for humanity.


quote:
They want the world to be governed by geniuses, instead of by popularly elected representatives, and they keep talking about how scientists can advise leaders in Africa. These seem like smart people, but not necessarily the smartest people in the world. And their obsession with rule by scientists reminds me slightly of mid-1970s Doctor Who villains.


Question answered


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Flunk on 2/15/2014 11:08:52 AM , Rating: 2
There are other ways to eliminate races. Interbreeding for example. If we all went at it we could be free of races in a few hundred years.


By lagomorpha on 2/15/2014 12:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
Even if that's your assumption, the way it's worded implies that the solution to racism on their home world was to eliminate different races by merging them. It suggests that distinct cultures aren't able to respect each other without also merging and losing their individuality and distinct history which to me seems like a bit of a pessimistic way to think of things.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/2014 8:39:12 AM , Rating: 1
*yawn*

You people love coming up with any excuse to get offended over something.

quote:
Also, suggesting that some options fall just short of claiming extraterrestrial origin is poor taste and slightly offensive.


How exactly?


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By lagomorpha on 2/15/2014 9:05:42 AM , Rating: 5
Frankly Im more offended that he is so dismissive of those who claim extraterrestrial origin. How extraterrestrials identify is none of his business and claiming their orientation is in poor taste is bigotry.

On that note, a martian sex joke:
Martians land on earth and begin a cultural exchange with humans. Theyre as curious about us as we are of them and after many words and more than a few drinks the topic of reproduction comes up. Each species wants a demonstration and the Martians go first. So 3 Martians get together and dance around and at the end a 4th Martian pops out. Next its the humans turn. So two humans demonstrate mating to the Martians and they say, "well that was very interesting but where is the extra human?" They are informed that takes another 9 months. "Oh," the Martians say, "then why were they in such a hurry at the end?"


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/2014 9:37:27 AM , Rating: 1
Good point. We're so worried about offending fags and freaks who get their privates mutilated, we're pissing off the Martians!

And that joke, lmfao!


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By room200 on 2/15/2014 3:51:31 PM , Rating: 2
I just realized what a coward you are. You at least used to try to cloak your racist crap in subtle statements, now the real you is there for all to see. The bigot finally makes it plain; you'd never say most of this crap that you spew on this board to anyone's face. Keyboard warrior.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/14, Rating: 0
RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By MikeDiction on 2/16/2014 12:58:14 AM , Rating: 2
Room200 is referring to your body of work on this forum in which you sometimes make racist comments, particularly towards Arabs. His point was that your above post about "fags" and gentile mutilation is that is further example of your overall attitude of bigotry.

The post was not a point of discussion, but rather a note to the majority of the readership to write of your post ad hominem.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/16/14, Rating: -1
RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By room200 on 2/16/2014 5:49:18 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, I'm a 45 year old MAN and I'll email you privately to meet you in person to see if you'll talk that crap to my face. My email address is room_200@yahoo.com. It's about time somebody taught you a lesson.


By KoolAidMan1 on 2/16/2014 6:48:48 PM , Rating: 1
Don't you get it? Reclaimer and his non-techie forum friends aren't racist, sexist, bigoted, or homophobes. THEY'RE KEEPING IT REAL.

/s


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/16/2014 7:29:53 PM , Rating: 3
45 and you're attempting to set up a physical confrontation, over the Internet, because you have a problem with someone?

I hope when I'm your age I'll be in a better mental state. And no, I'm not going to email you and set up a fight. Are you 12?


By atechfan on 2/18/2014 10:15:40 AM , Rating: 2
I'm 41, wanna meet up and fight? :)


By half_duplex on 2/20/2014 9:14:58 AM , Rating: 2
HAHAHAHA

I also want to meet up! PLAY GROUND!! AFTER LUNCH YOU BIGOT!!


By Reflex on 2/17/2014 2:55:26 AM , Rating: 3
I always wonder why guys like you claim you are 'just saying what everyone else is thinking'. No, you are not. You are saying what you are thinking. And its a sad insight into your little world. You do not speak for others. You do not even speak for most. You speak for a few, and that number is diminishing every day. And it is likely that most of that few would be disgusted by your chosen method of expression as even bigots usually have common decency.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By domboy on 2/17/2014 10:51:10 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Racist comments? Well that's your opinion.

I'm not a part of this new pussified politically correct asslicker generation. But that doesn't make me a bigot.

I really don't care what your opinion is, but I will defend anyone's and everyone's right to say something offensive or politically incorrect. If we lose that right we'll all be in big trouble.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/17/2014 11:55:55 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah really. These censorship Nazis here with their little 1984 trip are really the worst kind of people imaginable. And they think they are the ones being decent Lol.

They should study history. Once a majority band together and decide you cannot think a certain way or say certain things, nothing good EVER follows.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reflex on 2/17/2014 2:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
Who is attempting to remove his right to spew ignorance? Calling someone out for idiocy is not the same as challenging their right to proclaim it for the world.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/17/2014 2:14:03 PM , Rating: 2
Reflex you are so intolerant to others. You should really hug me and make me feel better.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reflex on 2/17/2014 4:11:36 PM , Rating: 2
Should I hug members of the KKK for speaking out against their ignorance too?

Calling out bigotry is not itself bigoted. Logical fallacy.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/17/2014 4:36:38 PM , Rating: 2
You're blowing this so out of proportion it's literally funny at this point.

If anyone else made these supposed "bigoted" comments, nobody would care. But oh yeah, lets gang up on that Reclaimer guy, he's different than us.

The irony lol.


By KoolAidMan1 on 2/17/2014 8:07:24 PM , Rating: 3
Years of bigoted, intolerant, small-minded, ignorant posts make you a very obvious target.

Sorry you feel persecuted.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reflex on 2/18/2014 1:20:44 PM , Rating: 2
I do not know who 'that Reclaimer guy' is, I do not comment very often on DailyTech, at least not compared to other forums, and I don't give a damn what the group think is. You are not being persecuted. I called you out because you have posted hateful, bigoted, small minded bullshit. And when I see that kind of crap I call it out. Because it is the decent thing to do.

Civil rights have never won the day by being silent, or by permitted bigots to speak without response. You look down on those who do not live as you choose to, that much is clear from the posts I see of you here. Others claim you make similar statements about other groups, although I haven't seen it myself since, quite frankly, I pay you no attention most of the time.

If you feel the world is against you, perhaps it is time to ask yourself why, and it is an opportunity for personal growth. At a certain point the problem is not them, its you. And it appears to me you are well past that point.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By rountad on 2/18/2014 3:57:42 PM , Rating: 2
You are calling out someone who is either joking, or, at worst, has a different opinion than you.

That's not very tolerant of you.

And to equate a privately held opinion with a violation of civil rights is asinine. He is in no way violating any of your rights.

If he were to take violent action against you based on his opinion, then that would be different.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reflex on 2/18/2014 4:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I am calling him out for it. He is not joking, he has been quite consistent in his bigotry in this thread, and according to others, multiple previous threads stretching back years.

And you are right. I do not tolerate bigots. Is that a problem?

No one claimed he was violating my rights. But civil rights was not just about marching up the street. It was about changing the public discourse, responding to the public statements of hate and not pretending that the problem would just go away over time if ignored.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By rountad on 2/18/2014 5:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have a problem with you calling him out. He is a big boy and can handle himself just fine.

But isn't your problem with bigots their intolerance? If so, then being intolerant of them is hypocritical, I think.

Further, I don't think that you win over many minds with loud confrontation. Peaceful words and noncompliance work better, I think.

My problem with this is that I see political correctness as a form of censorship. If you want to think that way, act that way, whatever, it's no problem with me.

But it never seems to stop there...

Soon, there is no mention of Christmas and we are told that we have to use certain words to refer to groups of people or pretend like boys are girls or whatever, lest we offend.


By Reflex on 2/19/2014 4:54:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't have a problem with you calling him out. He is a big boy and can handle himself just fine.

Then you do not need to defend him.

quote:
But isn't your problem with bigots their intolerance? If so, then being intolerant of them is hypocritical, I think.

My problem with bigots is their bigotry. Intolerance is only one part of that. I am intolerant of many things in life. Child abuse. Poor food handling practices in kitchens. Tax evasion. Liars and cheats.

No one is calling for everyone to tolerate everything. That is just silly, many of the things we would have to 'tolerate' would be contradictions to each other. In general, however, society does oppose bigotry.

quote:
Further, I don't think that you win over many minds with loud confrontation. Peaceful words and noncompliance work better, I think.

Since the person being addressed is not in a position of authority, there is no 'compliance' to be ignored. And while it is your opinion that peaceful words might work better, historically the term was 'peaceful protest' which was in no way associated with peaceful words. Gandhi did not only hold hunger strikes, he also marched on those who committed crimes against common decensy, as did MLK and other civil rights leaders. No one has advocated violence against Reclaimer for his words (ok, one moron has but whatever). I do not wish him harmed. And I know full well he will not change his mind. But there are others reading this thread who may not see him as unreasonable, and for them I speak up. They need to see that in modern society bigotry is not tolerated.

quote:
My problem with this is that I see political correctness as a form of censorship. If you want to think that way, act that way, whatever, it's no problem with me.

There is nothing 'politically correct' about opposing bigotry. It is good to treat your fellow human beings humanely. That is not a political concept, it is a societal one. Furthermore, there is no censorship here. No one has attempted to silence Reclaimer, they have simply replied that he is wrong and stated why. No rights were trampled on. Freedom of speech requires a person to also face those who oppose that speech. As free as he is to spew his bigotry, I and others are free to refute him. If anything, this is a pure example of free speech all around, and very true to our founding concepts.

quote:
But it never seems to stop there...

Soon, there is no mention of Christmas and we are told that we have to use certain words to refer to groups of people or pretend like boys are girls or whatever, lest we offend.

This is a slippery slope argument, which is of course a logical fallacy. If things do not 'stop' where you believe they should it is because your beliefs are out of step with the majority, or the laws the nation was founded on. Furthermore, society and the law is free to draw whatever lines they believe need to be drawn, and for every path we go down there are dozens of other potential paths we chose not to go down. This is one reason slippery slope is a fallacy, it is only visible in hindsight and mistakenly supposes a single linear path rather than the multitude of choices and branches that could have been.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By lagomorpha on 2/16/2014 2:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
gentile mutilation


Did he mention mutilating non-Jews or do these comments really need an edit feature?


By atechfan on 2/16/2014 7:58:50 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe everyone will be forced to convert to Judaism and be circumcised.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By room200 on 2/16/2014 5:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. That's why I said "used to try to cloak". Hi latest post doesn't prove he's a racist; this post is simply highlights the fact that he's a bigot based on his past racist crap in addition to what he said in this post.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/16/2014 7:35:00 PM , Rating: 2
If I wanted to "cloak" something I wouldn't comment on controversial subjects. But I've never shied away from telling it like it is, or putting myself in the line of fire for my beliefs.

Go be the politically correct champion for Daily Tech and crusade against someone over the Internet because they don't see everything your way. Nobody cares and there's nothing you can do about it.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By FaaR on 2/17/2014 6:33:53 AM , Rating: 2
You're not "telling it like it is", you're just overtly displaying your own bigoted prejudice to the internet. You and your hatemongering ilk often confuse PC with acting like a decent human being; why do "faggots" and gender-bending people in general offend you personally so much that you have to belittle them publically? Why do you care?

It's no concern of you. Mind your own fking business if you are mentally incapable of understanding these concepts or why other people consider them important. Stop hating people you don't even know, haven't met and never will for no reason.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By Reclaimer77 on 2/17/2014 1:33:11 PM , Rating: 1
Why are you putting "faggots" in quotes when I never said that?

I said "fag". And there is a difference, like the difference between "nigga" and "ni**er".

quote:
It's no concern of you. Mind your own fking business


Hooray, censorship! How progressive...

quote:
You and your hatemongering ilk


Does it ever get old just labeling others 'hatemongers' when they don't go along with your agenda?


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By room200 on 2/18/2014 6:57:30 AM , Rating: 2
Neither of which you would say to any black person's face.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By atechfan on 2/18/2014 10:18:40 AM , Rating: 2
Why not? It isn't like they don't use the word all the time.


By room200 on 3/18/2014 8:35:25 AM , Rating: 2
Well, be brave and give it a try.


RE: Article is off point and a little offensive
By KoolAidMan1 on 2/17/2014 8:11:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's what the regulars do here, post their ignorant and heavily biased opinion as accepted fact.

Its so common here that I have to think the editorial tone is partly responsible for this.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/17/2014 9:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
post their ignorant and heavily biased opinion as accepted fact.


Isn't it awesome? It's like playing god!


By atechfan on 2/16/2014 7:54:47 AM , Rating: 2
I was not aware that thinking that a person's gender is decided by the equipment they are born with, rather than what they decide to be that day, is racist.

I really don't care how one "identifies". They have every right to call themselves whatever they want. But I have every right to ignore their wishes and call them whatever I want.

No one has a "right" to use the girl's bathroom just because they feel their dick doesn't make them a guy. These schools in California that are letting freaks decide what gender they wish to identify with are making the rest of the students uncomfortable. Besides, what horny teenaged boy is not going to abuse this policy? "Hey, I decided I'm a girl today, let me in that girl's shower, teach."

Except for a few people who got chromosomes screwed up in the womb by some genetic mishap, the rest of us are either guy or girl, deal with it. You can't just change your mind some day and expect the rest of us to agree with you. Especially when it is kids saying this. Be a parent and tell your kid what is what. My 5 year old tends to say he's a dog. That doesn't mean I let him eat shit like dogs do.


Too funny
By Dorkyman on 2/15/14, Rating: -1
RE: Too funny
By room200 on 2/15/2014 3:48:04 PM , Rating: 5
Should we be more like Russia? They're doing quite well now.


RE: Too funny
By Perturbation on 2/15/2014 6:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
Glory to Arstotzka!


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