Facebook gives you a choice of 58 genders to associate your profile. I’m a male — but I could just as easily choose to be agender (someone with no gender or a neutral gender), bigender (someone who is male and female at different times), pangender (someone who is male and female with a third fluid), transgender (someone whose current gender is different today than at birth), or something else.
That’s just gender. Don’t get me started about sex as it’s inaccurate to say a man automatically has a Y chromosome or a woman automatically has two X chromosomes. You can look it up.
I studied sociology as an undergraduate when there were only two genders in my books. Fast forward and I’ve met people over the years who associate themselves with genders other than male or female. There are many takeaways but one is that we as a society need to stop assuming.
For instance, when Gallup investigates how people feel about politics, where are the non-male and non-female respondents? Or, were they not asked? Or, were only two gender choices available?
And, what about the ongoing discussion to enable equal pay in the workforce? This is typically portrayed as men vs women but what about workers who are gender fluid or androgynous?
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