Facebook Adds New Gender Options to Profiles
Facebook supports gender equality. This was indicated by its recent move to add customizable gender terms into its own system. The popular social networking site has made a formal announcement to inform its users about the newly added options to their personal profiles.
Consequently, the Website’s numerous users could start enjoying the liberty in identifying their selves not just as male or female but also as androgynous, intersex, bi-gender, gender fluid, or even transsexual. This is another change that will certainly be talked about in many other countries around the world, especially in societies where gay people are still fighting for recognition and equality.
Expressing preferences in different words
Facebook made the announcement through its own Diversity page. It said that using the network exposes people to various types of personalities of other users. Thus, for those who prefer to be true and authentic when introducing their selves to others, it should be of utmost importance to express gender especially when there is a need to extend beyond the traditional definitions of ‘male’ and ‘female.’
This effort is in collaboration with the Network of Support, which comprises of LGBT advocacy organizations in Facebok. From now on, Facebook would start offering an ‘extensive’ list of several gender identities. There are around 50 various terms in this list.
At the same time, users of the social network could also choose the right pronouns that they want to refer to them. It would specify pronouns like he/his, she/her, and they/their. Of course, there would still be priority on sensitivity and privacy. The online site is also allowing control on who the user wants to see his/her customized gender. The Website said it recognizes that there are people who are challenged in sharing their real gender identity with other users.
Recognizing gender preferences
A group formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation helped develop this new Facebook feature. Its president Sarah Kate Ellis was quoted as saying that the endeavor is a ‘step forward’ in recognition of transgender people. She added that the new option would enable Facebook users to tell their real gender preference in their own words.
This added feature would slowly roll out to all US English users of the network. To access the personalization option, simply go to the ‘Basic information’ section found in your own profile. You may choose male, female, or ‘custom’ gender. At the same time, you can choose a specific group of people who could possibly view that change.