Facebook now offers 58 gender choices

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) is so very passé.

YAWN….

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The AP reports that on Feb. 14, 2014, social media giant Facebook 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. 

Facebook said the changes 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. She said she was changing her Facebook identity from Female to TransWoman.

Facebook, which has 1.23 billion active monthly users around the world, also allows them to keep their gender identity private and will continue to do so. The company does not routinely publish data about users, and had no early figures about people changing their gender identity or leaving Facebook on Thursday.

The Williams Institute, a think tank based at the University of California, Los Angeles, estimates there are at least 700,000 individuals in the U.S. who identify as transgender, an umbrella term that includes people who live as a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth.

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

Blogger and computer coder Meitar Moscovitz, in Santa Fe, N.M., points out Facebook has a commercial interest for expanding the standard male-female gender choices to a legion of 50 options: “This isn’t about Facebook being inclusive. It’s about Facebook making sure people remain ignorant of exactly that facet; that they are categorizing you anyway. The more information you give Facebook, the more money you’re worth to Facebook.”

Indeed, Facebook already targets advertising according to male or female genders. For those who change to something neutral, ads will be targeted based on the pronoun they select for themselves. But Facebook says that advertisers cannot target ads to those who declare themselves transgender or recently changed their gender because, unlike getting engaged or married, changing gender is not registered as a “life event” on the site and won’t post on timelines.

Facebook came up with its range of terms after consulting with leading gay and transgender activists, and the company plans to continue working with them. It plans to take the initiative global after working with activists abroad to come up with terms appropriate in other countries.

Actually, the AP report is wrong. Facebook offers not 50, but at least 58 gender options, according to ABC News:

  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Androgynous
  • Bigender
  • Cis
  • Cisgender
  • Cis Female
  • Cis Male
  • Cis Man
  • Cis Woman
  • Cisgender Female
  • Cisgender Male
  • Cisgender Man
  • Cisgender Woman
  • Female to Male
  • FTM
  • Gender Fluid
  • Gender Nonconforming
  • Gender Questioning
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Intersex
  • Male to Female
  • MTF
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Other
  • Pangender
  • 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

There are some terms I’ve never seen before:

  • Cisgender: According to Queer Dictionary, a cisgender person is someone who identifies as they gender/sex they were assigned at birth. For example, your birth certificate says female, and you identify as a female woman.
  • Intersex: According to the Intersex Society of America, “intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
  • Neutrois: A non-binary gender identity that may refer to neutral-gender, null- (or no) gender, neither male nor female, genderless, and agender.

~Eowyn

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TrailDust
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TrailDust

These categories might have helped me identify some creatures I think were women when I was a kid in art college. They left out one useful category: WTF.

joandarc
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joandarc

Fabulous idea Trail Dust (LOL!!!!)

dee anderson
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dee anderson

Somedays Dr. You give me way more info than I really need. GAG Thanks

Julia
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Julia

I first heard the word “Cisgender” in that RamZPaul video I sent that you posted in Spring of 2012. I would love to put “Cisgender Female” to be funny, but then that would fall under the major category “other” and I don’t want to give credit there. I have also heard that Cisgender goes beyond just identifying as your biological gender, but that it means you are also straight, NOT gay or bisexual. It means you are normal in every sense!

Judy Shealy
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Judy Shealy

And here I thought I had it all figured out. Gender: male or female, sex: male and female. :~D

Again I say, “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.”

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Unfortunately, the world is devolving into a most confusing place! When I was young, I thought I had things all figured out–now so much information has been added that I feel as though I should go hide in my closet.

John Molloy
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John Molloy

Sadly the list is incomplete. I am sure that Putin would have included
faggot, queer, pervert, degenerate, queen, fairy…..and so would i.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Dear Auntie L: Ditto. (Tho’ I don’t think I ever had everything figured out…) I feel like locking myself in the closet, too. (My other threat is….I’m going to run away to a simpler place—-a farm in KY…or the Valley of VA, or a cabin in Appalachia or back to the Indian Reservation in the Rockies…..some place where none of this really matters….it’d be just me & the vegetable gardens/milking goats and chickens..). The other thing I keep wondering is—–why do people THINK that I need this overload of information every day? Why MUST I understand what’s going on with… Read more »

Perry Peterson
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Appalachia? Gender certainly doesn’t matter there. Hear the banjos?

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Dearest One, Perry…this is an “aside” to this original topic…, but I need to reply to your post: I know you allude to a Hollywood sterotype from “Deliverance” w/your quip. Please don’t apply it wholesale to the hard-working people of Appalachian Valleys/Ridges who are right this moment being stripped of their (bare) livelihoods by Obama w/his coal & other BOGUS energy policies (Oh yes….and of one of the states that did not vote for him in the first primary, but went to Hilary….after which Obama opined, “West Virginia is closer to Arkansas…that’s why. So…our geographically-challenged NOW president didin’t even KNOW… Read more »

truckjunkie
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Who’s going to be first to put out a Dictionary of these terms explaining all the meanings and parameters used to decide what’s what? I intend to keep it simple-Male,Female,Homosexual,Heterosexual,Other.

Sig94
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Just wait until each one of these genders demands its own Olympic venue. Intersex Biathlon, Transsexual Tonsil Hockey, Loco Luge, Barbie Sledding .. and suppose you got ALL the body parts? You could compete as either or both in all venues!

PatriotUSA
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Julia
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Julia

Thanks for sharing that! It was creative and interesting, but also nauseating!

greenworxx
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When I saw “Gender Fluid” my stomach became queezy. I’m not sure if I really want to look it up to see what it means.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post! It appears that the subject of gender is so important to these people (even though it really is extremely simple), that they really need TO GET A LIFE! Apparently, this is all they have to their identity. . . Dear God is right! I learned some new terms today as well. Frankly, there is nothing interesting or appealing about any of the terms.

japoa
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japoa

Which category does barry fall under ?. Or Moochie for that fact ?

surfercajun
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surfercajun

..I feel like being a taco today!

TPR
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TPR

You’ll notice plain ol’ GIRL & BOY are missing from the list. The younger crowd who use FB & are still at the “GIRL” & “BOY” age, will be left out, which will force them to “find themselves” in that mass-of-confusion list.

They should have a NOYB (None of Your Business) option.

I’m glad I don’t do Facebook, but all the other big internet sites will probably follow suit soon enough.

Oh, & thanks for the definitions! I never heard of some of those either.

exile
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exile

I’ve come to the conclusion that Facebook is in reality an insane asylum and it’s being run by the inmates

victoriannies
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Gays and transgenders insist on being accepted in society as equals with equal rights and that’s fine…Therefore, all the categories should go on job applications. After all, the service was forced to abandon their stance and accept gays openly. If they really want to be open, I think their hand should be forced now. They want open acceptance and equality, then they should have to put it in writing on everything and stop all this harassment of everyone else. They need to put it in writing and be as proud of it as they say they are. Surely, they’re not… Read more »

Seumas
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Seumas

Remember that post I made awhile back about the majority furry fandom having some things in it that the mainstream public hasn’t heard of yet? It seems like failbook has worked with the gender-spectrum demoniacs (who are sorely in need of Christ and help, and likely exorcism) to compile a partial listing of some of them. Of course it goes without saying that there aren’t 58 or more genders for mankind, there are only two, and there will only ever be two, male and female, anything else is mental and/or spiritual illness. Basically what you’re seeing with this, is a… Read more »

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maziel
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maziel

I guess the final moment of reckoning for them is DNA. You can’t change that. Live with it.