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Facebook further expands profiles’ “gender” box, lets users type anything

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On Thursday, Facebook's official "Diversity" account announced another sweeping change to the gender selection on users' profiles. Starting today, users of Facebook's English sites can type pretty much whatever they want into a custom box.

"We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way," the unnamed Diversity account holder said.

This change follows in the footsteps of Facebook's decision last year to expand its gender options, which were previously limited to male, female, or no response. Just like the last update, users must type their preferred gender descriptor after choosing "other," and Facebook will suggest terms from its prior list like "androgynous" and "gender fluid." However, if users want to type in their own descriptor, they can now do so—and then choose whether that descriptor is shown publicly, to friends, or privately. Users can also still choose a preferred pronoun: him, her, or they/them.

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ryanbrazell
1 day ago
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"Progress:" being able to accurately reflect your gender but having your account deleted because your name doesn't match FB's expected norms.
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smadin
1 day ago
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Oh, FB finally caught up to 2010. http://www.sarahmei.com/blog/2010/11/26/disalienation/
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baby-make-it-hurt:

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aromaeus:

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I did not think she would go there but then she did I literally screamed YAAAAAASSSSS BITCH DRAG THEM LIKE YOU’RE TRYNA WALK A CAT

Holy shit!

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ryanbrazell
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Glad to hear the US mainstream media called out! Totally deserved, and 100% accurate.

Consider the source for just a moment, though: RT (originally Russia Today, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)) is a news network founded, and funded to this day, by the Russian government. If you think Putin cares about USian racism beyond his ability to use it for his own political gain? You're kidding yourself.
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Courtney
23 hours ago
I was wondering what RT was, ty Ryan for the background
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Thanks Berlin

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ryanbrazell
4 days ago
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Signal boost.
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No Tears

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[Content Note: Privilege; tone policing; misogyny; transmisogyny; disablism; fat hatred.]

Jamelle Bouie has written a piece for Slate about why Jon Stewart was bad for the liberals who loved him. And it's an interesting piece, in which Bouie makes some very good points about the nature of the cynical indifference inherent to Stewart's brand of humor, although it's critical to note that "the liberals who loved him" loved him precisely because he gave them permission to be indifferent to things they already didn't want to care about; to be judgmental about marginalized people; to tone police anyone who urged seriousness about what is routinely referred to in disdainful tones as "identity politics."

I am shedding no tears over Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show, and it's because I am a liberal who didn't and couldn't love him. Not for a very long time. Because loving Stewart was contingent on ignoring disablism, fat hatred, mockery of intersex bodies, reproductive policing (with more fat hatred), jokes about how feminists are so scary and violent, etc. That's hardly a complete list. The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart at the helm, did a lot of punching down, when it should have always been punching up.

Which might have something to do with the fact that its writing staff was always very white and very male.

And, sure, we all like problematic things, and we all draw our lines about what is too problematic in different places.

For me, to continue to be a fan of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show would have obliged me to navigate way too much shit. And to be a fan of Jon Stewart himself would have obliged me to overlook his contempt for people like me.

I didn't share Jon Stewart's privilege. Most of the people I know don't share his privilege. And thus I had zero appreciation for his tone policing and concern trolling, rooted in the luxury of believing that our biggest problem in this country is a lack of moderation and compromise.

Some smug dipshit sneering at me a false equivalence between the left and the right that equates marginalized people fighting for our basic rights and very lives with the privileged bigots who oblige us to right in the first place isn't something I find funny or charming or cool. It's indecent.

Stewart was always contemptuous of people who yell. No matter if they leaned left or right: If you yell, you're an extremist, and extremism is what's tearing this country apart.

Welp.

I yell because I HAVE TO.

People die because of the hatred disgorged, practiced, legislated, and codified by people on the opposition. I'm not going to be made to feel guilty because I don't respond to deadly antipathy with moderation.

The shame belongs to someone so fucking privileged that he didn't feel obliged to yell, too.
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glenniebun
13 days ago
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Queer as hell, and only getting moreso. (Thank goodness.)
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ryanbrazell
16 days ago
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Fellow NewsBlur queers, where you at?
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jepler
15 days ago
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only about half queer ;-)
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