Facebook seems to be on a mission to be the most “progressive” social network on the web. In the past, the social network has banned users for saying mildly offensive things, added 50 gender options, allowed users to have customized genders, banned the sale of guns and with the help of the German government, taken action against users accused of “anti-immigration” rhetoric.
Well, you can add 71 genders to the list of stupid things Facebook has done in the past year. Apparently, the only two existing gender, male and female, weren’t progressive enough and neither were the previous 50 genders Facebook had initially added. We now have 21 new genders to bring Facebook’s gender count to a total of 71.
The new genders being added to the list are:
Female to male trans man
Female to male transgender man
Female to male transsexual man
Male to female trans woman
Male to female transgender woman
Male to female transsexual woman
The list of the 50 previous gender options:
Female to Male
Male to Female
You should check out out Gender definition glossary for the definitions of these new genders.
“Gender identities are complex and for many people, describing themselves as just a man or just a woman has always been inadequate,” Professor Stephen Whittle, vice-president at Press for Change is reported saying.
“By challenging the gender binary, Facebook will finally allow thousands of people to describe themselves as they are now and it will allow future generation of kids to become truly comfortable in their own skins.” Ensuring users feel comfortable being their true selves while using the network is a priority, – Simon Milner, Policy Director, UK Middle East & Africa at Facebook.
Before the new update, Facebook was already allowing users to customize and choose any gender they wanted. Users could make up and create anything as their gender. Literally. Anything.