I ran across a tweet that contained a link to this article. I couldn’t think of anything more relevant to our discussions in this course. The discussion that has developed in the comments at the bottom of the page are almost as interesting as this change itself. It’s exciting to see some serious inclusion going on here. Way to go, Facebook!
Thursday February 13, 2014 Facebook revealed that they are adding new gender options for users. According to an article in The Huffington Post, this will feature a customizable option with about 50 different terms the users can use to identify themselves. This a major breakthrough in the social media world where often times there’s only three options, male, female or other, for their sex. This allows people who don’t identify themselves as male or female to give themselves the proper title they feel represents them best. This feature will also allow the users to pick the pronoun they’d rather go by, for example when it says “wish her a happy birthday”.
The purpose of this was to give “people more choices in how they describe themselves,” including androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transexual. This gives Facebook an edge over other social media websites who only give the options male, female, or other. I think this is a great move by Facebook towards the acceptance of everyone. This will allow users to be their authentic self without feeling the need of hiding their sex in the public internet realm.