Post by Saxy Steph on Jan 29, 2014 22:48:09 GMT -5
Actually, this is pretty neat. While it is going overboard, the chart does show the many different types of gender roles people play.
I don't think anyone would actually use this thing, but I find it kind of fascinating that there are so many options, and that each tick-box probably applies to someone.
Simplified, you could totally just put "male", "female", "both", and "neither", but by simplifying things like this we are perpetuating the idea that not everyone has their own personal experience and viewpoint on their lives. Even all of us on XF have different ideas of what it means to be male or female; however most of these ideas are perpetuated through society's ideals of gender roles.
Gender and Sex are different; "Gender" is a social construct while "Sex" is biological.
Holy fuck I love Sociology. I'm totally going to minor in it if possible.
btw on top of this, in my opinion this tick-box is the least neo-liberal tick-box I've ever seen :3
Last Edit: Jan 29, 2014 22:53:00 GMT -5 by Saxy Steph
Post by Cheesemaster V on Jan 29, 2014 23:59:14 GMT -5
The main reason why people don't make a billion options is because it's tedious to go through and it doesn't really matter what people pick anyway. Almost everybody will fall into one of two options, so for ease of use those two plus an "other" option is probably sufficient. Because really, does it matter if someone selects "bear lover transhuman" or "peopleemotional faerie" or "yestergay grrl" instead of just "other"? Maybe it matters to them, but for the purposes of displaying it on a website it's not necessary.
Post by Cobra King Mohamdu on Jan 30, 2014 3:54:49 GMT -5
Well, the page I got this from is basically ABOUT collecting tons of gender identities and sexual orientations. For that purpose it's fine, I'd think of it as a sphere for LGBT people. But I mean, if you were trying to do a census or something, this is just ridiculous. www.yaygender.net/pages/index.shtml
If you were trying to seriously document people, the first thing you'd want to do it is based on biology or what they're legally documented as (since some would say biology discriminates against MtFs, FtMs etc). It varies from country to country but generally it can go 'male' 'female' 'other' 'intersex' since some people can be born with XYY or XXY syndrome or both genitals (hermaphrodism). If you're going to put down something like 'transfaghag' that doesn't really tell people anything. As for sexual orientation, that's pretty much 'hetero', 'homo', 'bi' and 'a'. Which really makes the most sense, since you can pretty much either be strictly attracted to one sex, somewhere between both or just not interested in sex. These random terms like 'mesbian' and 'yestergay' don't really say anything and I'm pretty sure less than 100 people globally identify as them; I guess you could put 'other' there. But to me it just seems like people making up labels for themselves to feel special. Generally you just don't need that many.
But in your own community, you might as well call yourself whatever you want. Also this kind of thing is why you couldn't pay me to major sociology.