Friday, February 14, 2014

50+ Genders You Can Choose From

Even though labels are for soup cans, if you'd like to choose a new gender label for yourself, Facebook will now give you 58 different options.

Time marches on.  As it does, it tends to accelerate.  

Soon, it's moving so fast that everything becomes a blur, and even though you are still relatively young (in the sense that you're not a kid anymore, but you're clearly not old), you begin to use a phrase you never thought you'd say.

That phrase is: "In my day."

In my day, there were two genders to pick from.  These were "female" and "male."  

Somehow, these two gender labels seemed to encapsulate almost everyone in the human race.  Yes, some fell through the cracks, and didn't necessarily agree that they were male or female.  A little bit of both maybe, or a whole lot of neither.

These folks often found themselves hung with derogatory labels, such as "tweener," or "manwoman."  At the same time, when filling out forms, like for government assistance, or you know, at the dentist, they'd have to come down firmly on one side of the fence or the other.

Check the box.  Male.  Female.  That's it.

About ten years ago, I noticed that some forms, at least among the left leaning groups and organizations with which I've long been affiliated, began to offer a third choice.  Sometimes that choice was one simple word.  "Other."  

Sometimes it was a sentence, like "I do not identify as male or female."

Well, sooner or later, someone was going to have to decide what that Other was.  After all, NOT identifying as something isn't the same as identifying as something.  

And that's what we have Facebook for.  Yesterday, Facebook announced that you can choose a custom gender for your page on their website.  

And ABC News, doing some hard-hitting investigative journalism (that might be better put to other purposes, like maybe figuring out why we ever went to war in Iraq), uncovered 58 possible genders that you can call yourself. 

The list is below.

Some of them are fun.  At first glance, I liked "Bigender" a lot.  See, because I thought it was "Big-ender."  I've known and enjoyed a few Big-enders before.  

Then I realized what they meant in this case was "Bi-gender."  Not as much fun.  It's all in the emphasis.

Another fun one is "Gender Fluid."  I've got quite a bit of Gender Fluid coursing through my system.  I can tell you it's uncomfortable when it gets backed up.  When that happens, I've got to go to the clinic and get it drained.  

One last fun one from me, then you can pick your own.  That's "Non-Binary."  I like this one because it sounds like something a robot would pick.  As robots become more commonplace in society, I think we'll see a lot of them choosing this designation.  

So in the spirit of yesterday's post, 50 Fun Ways to Say Snatch, here are 50+ Genders You Can Choose From.

See Related Article: 50 Fun Ways to Say Snatch

Uh, okay.  Here are the genders:

  • 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

Got any others you'd like to add?

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