AP: Facebook is rolling out a change to its 159 million US users that will give them more options than ever before when it comes to choosing their gender.
A new, customizable option gives users about 50 different terms to identify their gender, including androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual.
This is cool and all, but the thing is intersex isn’t a gender (it’s not a gender identity). In fact, intersex has nothing to do with gender, rather it is a term used to describe people (like myself) who have physical sex characteristics that are different from the norm. While some intersex people use intersex as their gender identity (something which only people with intersex traits can do), most people identify as male or female, while some identify as something else (genderqueer, androgynous, agender, etc. - all which are in the minority, like the rest of the population).
Its great that its there for those who do identify as such, but I’m concerned that people will think that intersex is a gender when in actuality its not, or that they’ll think that anyone can identify as such.