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Published on March 30th, 2014 | by Rebecca Padgett

Facebook provides new gender options

Facebook has recently made a change to allow users to customize their gender options. Facebook has attempted to broaden their rage in appealing to all of there users.

Facebook has added up to 58 new gender options for people to identify with. The genders vary from Cis Male, Cis Female, to being completely asexual.

Huffington Post Gay Voice editor, Noah Michelson, believes that for Facebook users, these changes are a step in the right direction.

In an interview with Marc Lamont Hill for the Huffington Post live, Michelson continued his praise for Facebook’s changes by calling them “excited” and “refreshing.”

“It really does allow you to customize to whatever you want to be; it now is more accepting of your privilege to be who you are,” Michelson said.

Michelson elaborated more on how important these changes are by saying that people go on Facebook to share their stories with their friends and family. With the new options, users can now show a complete picture of their character.

Michelson has commended Facebook for the change that they have made.

However, the news of the gender changes have caused confusion for some Florida Southern College students.

When asked about the change to there gender settings, senior Brandon Fontana did not really see the point.

“When did there become more then two genders? I was never informed that there was anything outside of male and female,” Fontana said.

Junior Austin Macintyre said that he thought that Facebook was “making-up” the genders that were listed.

These comments have each stemmed from the idea that gender and sex are the same thing.

However, that has not always been the case.

FSC assistant professor of philosophy Drew Dalton understands why the actual meaning behind the word gender has had such an effect on culture in the past and present.

“Gender plays a sediment role in our culture. We assume that there are only two genders, but that assumption shows that gender is more of a cultural idea, as oppose to a biological one,” Dalton said.

Dalton distinguished the differences between sex and gender by saying how gender is a social concept surrounding sex.

“Where sex is located in the body, gender always refers to how certain cultures interpret sex,” Dalton said.

Dalton continued to explain how different cultures would determine a person’s gender according to the status they held in society.

According to Dalton, a sexual-orientated males could be deemed as females if they were placed in a feminine role such as slave or servant in Egyptian culture, and  a  sexual-orientated female in power could be deemed a Male.

This idea that gender is strictly set upon sexual make-up of a person’s body is simply not the case.


About the Author

is a double major in Communications Print Journalism and English Creative Writing. As a junior, Rebecca has worked on The Southern for two years now. She is Opinions Editor. Rebecca likes reading, writing, traveling, dancing, thrift shops, and a good chocolate croissant.



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