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Social network site Facebook will press members to declare whether they are male or female, seeking to end the grammatical device that leads the site to refer to individual users as "they" or "themself."
"We've gotten feedback from translators and users in other countries that translations wind up being too confusing when people have not specified a sex on their profiles," Facebook product manager Naomi Gleit said in a company statement.
I did this on a community not too long ago because of member confusion. Before that, members would choose a non-gender-specific nickname, and would end up having to clarify, "I'm not a guy, I'm a girl" multiple times in a long thread. I did leave the option to not specify.
I left it with a distinct impression that defining gender is much more complicated than most people give credance to, and that a simple binary distinction is flawed.
I now really dislike it when I'm asked to choose one or the other. The answer usually depends on my state of mind and what colour the day is.