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Published:February 14th, 2014 09:04 EST
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Insanity: 56 New Gender Options for Facebook Users: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"In a nod to the `it`s complicated` sexual identities of many of its users, the social network on Thursday added a third "custom` gender option for people`s profiles. In addition to Male or Female, Facebook now lets U.S. users choose among some 50 additional options such as: transgender, cisgender, gender fluid, intersex and neither.

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Users also now have the ability to choose the pronoun they`d like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her, or the gender-neutral they/their."

CNN

I`m down with diversity, but do we really need over 50 gender options? If a Saturday Night Live writer submitted a skit depicting Facebook having so many gender options, Lorne Michaels would turn it down as "way over the top."

The New Facebook has three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them, I guess the "them" is so that Facebook members with multiple personalities won`t feel excluded from the wonderful world of social media.

Facebook allows you to apply custom privacy settings to your gender information, so that you can share your gender confusion and mental instability only with your friends.

I can understand adding the gender options: transgender& intersex, but the following new gender options are sheer madness:

Gender variant

Neither

Pangender

Two-Spirit

Cis woman

Non-binary

List of 56 Facebook gender options:


http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/02/13/facebook_custom_gender_options_here_are_all_56_custom_options.html

I would be afraid to "poke" a Facebook user who identified as two-spirit or non-binary ; in fact I`m seriously considering terminating my Facebook account.

Facebook just got too freaky for my taste!

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