57 genders (and none for me?) — Part two

Meg Barker points to some of the problems with Facebook’s new range of gender options.

In the first part of her post Meg Barker welcomed Facebook’s change which allows users to pick from more gender options than ‘male’ and ‘female’. In this concluding part she points to some of the problems.

Catherine Pain under Creative-Commons license.

How to change your Facebook gender

If you want to change your gender and/or pronoun on Facebook and you live outside the US, you need to go to the ‘settings’ option on the dropdown menu at the top right of the home page. Pick ‘language’ and change it to ‘English (US)’. Then go to your own Facebook page and click ‘update info’. Choose to edit your basic information. Under ‘gender’ pick ‘custom’ and you will then be able to write in one of the list of words below (you can’t just write in your own preferred term if it is not on the list). You can also answer the question ‘What pronoun do you prefer’ with ‘female’, ‘male’ or ‘neutral’.

Gender options

Here are the gender options identified by ABC News, in addition to the previous ‘male’ and ‘female’ options (okay there are not 57 of them, but accuracy wouldn’t have allowed me to build a rather forced reference to a Bruce Springsteen song into the title of this post):

  • 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
  • and
  • Two-Spirit.

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