Facebook’s New Gender Options: A way to more connected world ?
Since 2 weeks Facebook celebrated it’s 10th birthday and they were saying that the social site has not anything in its store as far as innovation is concerned. This Thursday, Facebook has taken one more step forward in order to make the site more user friendly. It has introduced new gender options for those who can’t be identified as male or female as such. The change is there but, moreover people are confused about it. They don’t know what those options really mean and why Facebook has introduced them. Let’s have a overview on Facebook’s New Gender Options on our facebook accounts.
What it was and what it is now :
When signing up for an account, facebook users had to identify as “male” or “female” but from now on people will able to select out of new 50 gender options introduced to them. It seems that facebook is not going to allow their users to remain the gender field blank. You can see the change on your profile also. Just follow the path : Profile-> About-> Gender-> edit -> custom -> you will see the window like this :
After that it will ask you about the pronoun that you want to prefer for your personality. The options are as follows : Male : “wish him a happy birthday !” , female: “wish her a happy birthday !” and Neutral : “wish them a happy birthday!”.
The facebook has shown the misconception in people’s mind about two terms,viz, gender and sex. Sex is a Biological term concerning medicalities about our hormones , genes, etc. While the gender is far more complicated. It is something related to roles that we are playing in our community or our behaviour in our day to day life. Now, you can show some variance between your gender assigned at birth and identified gender.
Let’s have a look on new introduced gender options and their meaning :
Agender: describes people who lack a gender.
Androgyne: posses traits that are simultaneously feminine,masculine or neither.it’s a non-binarry gender identity.
Bigender: a person who feels that their gender is fully male & fully female , or any pairs of gender ,switching between the two
Cisgender & Cissexual: where a gender’s identity matches with role assigned to it’s sex.
Intersex: refers to person who is with such sexual organisms that does not fit to any of the major class i.e. male or female
Transgender: people are showing some different than the sex assigned to them.
Non-binary : people can feel they are both, neither or some mixture instead of.
- 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
Its not that the change has been made in a day or so. There was a group of people who were working on signing a petition by the people about such change in Facebook’s user profile about gender. We know that the Google.com is no.1 site in world and it’s social networking product .i.e. Google+ is providing the option of “other” along with male and female with no surprise, 1% of its user identify as “other”. So, you can think how this change will work in future. Facebook was working on this idea since a year and now,it has been introduced. With the change, it comes criticism where Facebook has came up with its terms after conversing with various gay and transgender activists but, some kind of cold battle is still going there!
Final Verdict :
Facebook official, Alex Schultz has said that it’s cool when you allow people to express something and so they have taken the step. He hope that a more open and connected world will make this more understanding and life-friendly. So, I ask you, are you ready to express yourself as per your “social” behaviour by simultaneous understanding of the sex that has assigned to us at the time of birth ? Let’s see how it goes.