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Facebook Expands Gender Options From Two To Over Fifty

Facebook Gender

Today Facebook implemented an unexpected new feature in the form of wildly-expanded gender options for user profiles. Though the social networking site previously only had the standard male/female choice, users can now select from over 50 gender identifications, including various flavors of cis and trans, androgynous, and two-spirit.

The changes can be made immediately, and are simple to make. Users can also change third-person pronouns so that auto-generated messages, such as birthday alerts, will refer to the user in the masculine (he, him, his), feminine (she, her, hers), or neutral (they, their, theirs). And the gender binary crumbles just a little bit more.

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  1. I don't have a Facebook Account, but it sounds like a good idea.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 13, 2014 9:00:30 PM

  2. Sorry, but is this just another somewhat serious FB prank?

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 13, 2014 9:04:40 PM

  3. and as a gay man, I care why?

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Feb 13, 2014 9:06:03 PM

  4. As I recall, people have been periodically demanding this since at least the time I joined, which was 2005.


    I was covered under the old system, but many people I know weren't.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 13, 2014 9:20:25 PM

  5. So Facebook gave me the ability to make my gender "Pizza" and my pronouns "Las Vegas/Jupiter/Rutabega" and every one who reads my posts should understand what is meant with no explanation and I get to be offended if they react in confusion or any other way I don't want them to...

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 13, 2014 9:46:56 PM

  6. I don't give damn if you think you are the Queen Of Hesheba, "they" is a plural pronoun.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 13, 2014 10:40:52 PM

  7. Cool. About time.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 13, 2014 11:16:27 PM

  8. @Homo Genius

    You don't have to care but the fight for gay rights falls under the umbrella of LGBTQ issues.

    You may not have the same concerns as trans*/genderqueer/non-binary folks but that's part of strategic essentialism. We all have to share the space under the LGBTQ umbrella to get our voices heard.

    As a gay man, this policy indirectly benefits you because it shows that Facebook takes the concerns of the larger LGBTQ movement seriously.

    Posted by: Unicorn | Feb 13, 2014 11:24:25 PM

  9. Good for Facebook and take that trans bigots.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 13, 2014 11:40:15 PM

  10. "They" has been acceptable as a singular pronoun since at least Shakespeare: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they

    The more you know!

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Feb 14, 2014 1:54:34 AM

  11. Oh dear god, somewhere RICK's head just exploded. He now has to come up with more aliases other than TIM/HOMO "GENIUS"/UFFDA and others to flood this board with his anti-trans. anti-women, anti-anything other than male rants.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 14, 2014 2:41:58 AM

  12. So there is no longer an option for simply 'Male' or 'Female'?


    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 14, 2014 3:21:41 AM

  13. This is what happens when you start crediting the delusions of a tiny group of mentally ill people. First we pretend that hulking men in dresses are in fact women. Now we accept the insane notion that there is something called a neutrois.

    Trans activists need to be forcibly committed to an insane asylum. Failing that, LGBs need to immediately distance ourselves from these wack jobs.

    Posted by: Tim | Feb 14, 2014 3:50:45 AM

  14. TheDrDonna:

    The more I know, the more obvious it is that trans activists lie all the time about everything.

    That Wikipedia article deals with using "they" or "their" as a way to refer to an indeterminate person. As in "On a day like today, anyone would want to wear their best clothes." That usage is common.

    But it has never been acceptable to say "On a day like today, John would want to wear their best clothes."
    And for you to suggest that this tranified formulation has been used for centuries is just one more lie.

    What a bunch of freakishly narcisstic weirdos you are. Endlessly obsessing over pronouns and coming up with a vast array of terms to make yourselves feel better about your condition.

    For God's sake, why don't you stop dreaming up garbage like "neutrois" and "zir" and start focusing on the grim reality of your short lives? 33% of you commit suicide and 41% attempt it. You've got the most extreme act of self-destruction practiced by 74% of your fellow transfolk. Try showing an ounce of compassion towards your own people, you selfish beast.

    Posted by: Tim | Feb 14, 2014 4:01:29 AM

  15. Trans hating gays are even more tragic than gay hating straights, because as they are discriminated against they learn nothing about the evils of intolerance and hate.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 14, 2014 4:45:28 AM

  16. Marym, of course you can still choose male or female. Your life is not affected by this (except that, as said here before, it shows that Facebook takes LGBTQ issues seriously). However, people who don't fall under the binary male/female categorisation are included as well. I say good for Facebook. And let's hope other sites follow.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 14, 2014 5:28:07 AM

  17. Eric, you are homophobic. Whether one is gay or straight has nothing to do with whether one "falls under the binary male/female categorisation." This is not an "LGBT" issue. This is a T issue. To conflate the two is to promote stereotypes about gay people. LGBT is inherently and unavoidably a reactionary and homophobic concept.

    Posted by: KidJ/NYU | Feb 14, 2014 6:26:13 AM

  18. Sorry Eric - you are wrong.

    I identify as 'Male'. Not as 'Cis-Male'.

    Facebook has deleted my identity to accommodate abou 0.3% of the population.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 14, 2014 6:30:35 AM








    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* Female

    Trans Male

    Trans* Male

    Trans Man

    Trans* Man

    Trans Person

    Trans* Person

    Trans Woman

    Trans* Woman



    Transgender Female

    Transgender Male

    Transgender Man

    Transgender Person

    Transgender Woman



    Transsexual Female

    Transsexual Male

    Transsexual Man

    Transsexual Person

    Transsexual Woman


    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 14, 2014 6:32:11 AM

  20. Personally I think it is ridiculous that it now takes 50 individual words for a person to inform the world of their gender. Sorry, but I think that people who need to put that much work into something have no right to get outraged or offended when the rest of society claims they do not understand, or know who wants to be referred to as what. It seems that the trans community need to have a convention and get this under control. I wonder how many of these 50 words are needed, and how many of these terms were invented because some people didn't like one word or another so made up something they liked the sound of? Call me transphobic if you will. I am not. However if I as a gay man can no longer wrap my head around it how in the hell can you expect society at large to do it?

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Feb 14, 2014 6:36:57 AM

  21. @ MARYM: You have to take it off of "custom" in order to see plain male or female.

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Feb 14, 2014 6:53:04 AM

  22. Male and female are still options, you bigot.

    In fact, they're still the primary options. You have to choose the Custom button as seen in the screenshot above to even access all these new options.

    Just as the case of gay marriage, this impacts you in NO WAY WHATSOEVER unless you choose to be impacted by it. Don't want to change your gender on Facebook? Then don't.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 14, 2014 6:55:22 AM

  23. Neutrois? Lol! I think FB hired some insane asylum escapees and had them handle the "custom gender menu".

    This is all about indulging the fantasies of .1% of the population that is deeply affected by mental illness. They have real problems with gender issues. And they want to deal with the stress that this causes by pretending that the whole world consists of a mish-mash of 50 gender categories. It doesn't. The human race is male and female. In a very, very, very small number of people with hermaphroditism, there is a genuine question. But for the rest of the transfolk, this is all about a war in their own minds and the mental illness that results from that war.

    FB isn't helping these poor people by facilitating their belief that their gender issues are universal.

    Posted by: Helene | Feb 14, 2014 6:55:37 AM

  24. Crispy, it does affect LGBs because we all get tarred with this craziness. FB probably implemented this as a way to market to LGBs. We are being stigmatized by association with this garbage.

    The vast majority of LGBs are male and female, just as the rest of the world is. In all my years, I have never met an LGB neutrois or any neutrois for that matter.

    Posted by: Helene | Feb 14, 2014 6:59:18 AM

  25. @Helene (and your various other persona commenting here)

    But the vast majority of the world is straight, not LGBT. So just as you feel stigmatised as an LGB for Facebook's accommodation of the tiny transgender minority, the majority straights complained for years about changing the definition of marriage to accommodate a tiny minority of gays. I guess your position is that your minority needs to be accommodated, but not others?

    Posted by: Brian1 | Feb 14, 2014 7:42:24 AM

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