Quick Note: Facebook Adds Gay Marriage Icons
July 5, 2012 5:57 PM
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Apple also gives gay couples a "shout out" in iOS 6 "emojis"
Remember those little
marriage icons on Facebook.com
, Inc. (
)? Well the site, which at times has been accused of being intolerant to homosexuality, has stirred up a pot of worms by adding special icons to celebrate the marriage of gay couples.
When one of the network's 900 million users posts that they got hitched, traditionally they were treated with a standard heterosexual male and female cake-topper style icon. Homosexual couples received the same icon, much to their chagrin.
But in the U.S. over the weekend, users began to notice new icons -- two males or two females -- were introduced.
Facebook has added gay marriage icons. [Image Source: Facebook via CNN]
James Lazar, a 38-year-old Chicago man was married (to a man), but had refused to change his status for some time due to the male-female icon. He commented, "I don't like being forced into typical gender roles -- because we aren't. I think it's offensive."
But he eventually bit the bullet and updated his profile to reflect his marriage. And to his surprise and delight shortly thereafter his icon changed to two men. He recalls in a
, "I honestly didn't realize it was going to show up in my feed. I have 80,000 people 'liking' it and congratulating me and I'm like, 'Well, it was seven years ago!'"
Apple includes gay "emojis" in iOS6. [Image Source: Gizmodo]
The Facebook change comes shortly after Apple, Inc. (
) opted to update iOS 6 to include gay couples expressing various affectionate gestures in its canned text message image responses ("emojis").
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RE: Better Strategy
7/6/2012 2:51:02 PM
I think it's your thinking that is flawed. Just because someone is gay doesn't mean they have to suddenly act different. A person is who a person is; gay or straight should not affect your behavior outside the bed, as that's the only place -where it even matters-.
People forget they can be sexist or racist to themselves by trying to set themselves apart on purpose, by believing they -must- be different.
RE: Better Strategy
7/6/2012 2:58:08 PM
I should clarify, the point is you should only be who you are. If that fits into a stereotype, fine. But a person should never go out of their way to change themselves so that they fit a stereotype, because they are straight or because they are gay or because they are purple.
That to me is the greatest offense. The whole idea that you must be different is destructive. Just be a person, you.
RE: Better Strategy
7/30/2012 9:20:39 PM
There is evidence that gay men
toward having hybrid characteristics.
One study found that most gay men employ reasoning strategies shown by most heterosexual men and heterosexual women, rather than only employing the strategies typically used by heterosexual men. The study also found that most gay women tend toward typically heterosexual male reasoning strategies.
Another study found that gay men tend to have more feminine finger length patterns, indicating less testosterone exposure in the womb.
Another study found brain differences in which the brains of gay people were more like those of the opposite sex than heterosexual brains typically are.
At the same time, there are some gay men who are very masculine and some gay women who are very feminine. However, the studies point toward most gay people being somewhat hybridized.
Our culture worships masculinity and a great deal of opprobrium against gay men (and lesbians to a lesser, but still significant extent) comes from a sense of outrage over crossing gender lines. Since our culture worships masculinity, effeminacy in males is considered particularly egregious.
The fact that some gay people conform well to our rigid typical heterosexual gender role does not mean it's OK to put those people on a pedestal and look down on those who don't. The "I know gay people who don't fit the stereotypes; they're role models for other gays" thing is exactly that thinking. It's not healthy for anyone, including heterosexual males who feel oppressed by the strictness of the gender role and resort to cross-dressing (usually cross-dressers are especially "masculine" in appearance, demeanor, and occupation).
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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