Quote of the Day

“There’s also a growing presence of people who are living today as a
different gender than the one they were assigned at birth. Sometimes
you notice them and sometimes you don’t.  (Hint: You won’t know how many you aren’t noticing — that’s the point.)  There are people born intersex — with the biological features of more than one gender (and there are more of these than you might expect). 
And you may have noticed this in cities and among young people —
there’s also a growing presence of folks whose genders you just can’t
identify.  Some of them, if you ask them respectfully, will tell you
they feel like both genders.  Or neither gender.  Or a gender that
needs a new name.  They might answer to both “he” and “she,” or they
might prefer something different.  They’re in-between, and that’s where
they belong.”

–Sarah Dopp, writing about drop down menus on web sites, profile pages, and the general restrictiveness of tech tools as things for developers to be aware of–and avoid.

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  1. Britta says:

    This is part of why I really like how Metafilter handles “gender” on user profiles: it’s a fill-in-the-blank text field. As Tiffany noted in the comments on that post, a choice of two options for male/female is often mostly a way to target advertisements that then help construct gender stereotypes – so along with advising people to restructure websites, people who care about this need to try to chip away at restructuring the advertising industry too…

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