Facebook has announced today that it will provide 50 different gender identities. And, according to the Associated Press, the options on the list will evolve based on user input.
This move, which has been in the works for four months at Facebook, feels one part unexpected and one part reactionary – as Facebook users have been protesting for a move like this for sometime, both through the creation of groups and the signing of petitions, but also through taking advantage of a loophole in Facebook’s coding to change their pronouns form ‘his’ or ‘hers’ to ‘theirs’.
Facebook has also shown its forward thinking by ceasing to tie gender to pronouns. Users can now pick their gender,and additionally and separately choose their pronouns (though only from a list of ‘she’, ‘he’ or ‘they’).
In a world that often times sensationalizes or caricaturizes the transgender community, this move from Facebook goes a…
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