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Listen up! Facebook has now opened a new gender option, known as custom. With it you can define yourself as fluid or in whatever name you give to your gender. You may also pick your prefered pronoun that will be used by facebook when announcing your birthday and other events, so that people can use it about you. Please repost this to get it as far and wide as you can, because this is something that is not widely known yet. Please reblog this and tag friends or family, anyone who you think wants or needs to know. Thank you!

As of today, your gender on Facebook no longer has to be chosen from a list.

Facebook has announced that as an alternative to choosing one of the nearly 60 pre-determined gender identities in its “custom” option, you can simplify the process by just filling in your own gender, in your own words. 

Facebook software engineer Ari Chivukula, who identifies as transgender and was part of the team that made the free-form option, thinks the change will lead to more widespread acceptance of people who don’t identify themselves as a man or woman.

"We’re hoping this will open up the dialogue," Chivukula said.

Alison C.K. Fogarty, a gender identity researcher at Stanford University, said giving users control over the words describing their gender is a significant step in social recognition of a growing trans community, especially coming from the world’s largest social media company.

"People are still fighting to make room for gender identity within the socially constructed binary of male and female," Fogarty said. "Labels and identities are powerful in that they give a sense of community, a way of articulating one’s experience."

Facebook gets it. Next up: let’s update the “interested in” section, shall we? 

Dear Cis People:

I do, actually, understand that you’re emotionally attached to the wrong name, and it’s hard for you to use the right one. I’m fairly certain you’re the one who’s not understanding how hard it is for me when you use the wrong name, and how emotionally attached I am to the right name. And I’m fairly certain my emotional attachment beats yours. It is, after all, my name. Not yours.

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"If a woman is at the center of a comedy, it’s always boxed into being a romantic comedy. When men are at the center of a comedy, it’s just a comedy. I’ve done a lot of movies that would not be considered a romantic comedy—even Bride Wars. Bride Wars is about two girlfriends. It’s a comedy about two girls on their wedding day and [to] every single person because it was two women at the center of it, it was considered a romantic comedy. That to me is this just kind of a strange concept. It’s something that I think women are continuously banging their heads against—this isn’t a romantic comedy. This is a buddy comedy. This is about two girls. At the end of the day, it’s not necessarily about the relationships they have with the men. It’s about the relationship and the stereotypes that are created and how important friendship is. You know, you try to break these barriers, but it’s very, very, very, very complicated.” -Kate Hudson

The actress gets real on gender equality in film plus spills why she’s anti-dieting and moving her fitness line, Fabletics, into ready-to-wear. Read the interview here.

Should LGBT Teachers Should Come Out to Their Students? 

Out teachers provide LGBT students with visible role models, but belonging to sexual or gender minority group shouldn’t be a prerequisite for confronting discrimination. Heterosexuality isn’t an excuse for delegating the responsibility for tackling homophobia and transphobia. “More often than not it would be an LGBT teacher or member of staff that is responsible for pushing that forward,” says Ellie. And she doesn’t believe that should necessarily be the case. “It should be everyone,” she says.

Discretion with co-workers, let alone pupils, is arguably less of an option for trans teachers—a problem that trans activist and former teacher Juno Roche knows all too well. “If you’re trans then by necessity everybody has to know; you can’t transition subtly,” she says. “If you’re outwardly changing your gender then it’s a far bigger thing.”

After informing her head at the time of her intention to transition, Roche became locked in a two-year legal battle to save her job. Sensing defeat, the school eventually settled, magnanimously allowing her to return. To ensure that no teacher would ever have to experience such an ordeal again, Roche decided to tackle the issue head-on.

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Facebook Adds New Gender Option for Users: Fill in the Blank

Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

"Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own," said a Facebook announcement published online Thursday morning and shared in advance with The Associated Press.

Facebook software engineer Ari Chivukula, who identifies as transgender and was part of the team that made the free-form option, thinks the change will lead to more widespread acceptance of people who don’t identify themselves as a man or woman.

"We’re hoping this will open up the dialogue," Chivukula said.

Alison C.K. Fogarty, a gender identity researcher at Stanford University, said giving users control over the words describing their gender is a significant step in social recognition of a growing trans community, especially coming from the world’s largest social media company.

"People are still fighting to make room for gender identity within the socially constructed binary of male and female," Fogarty said. “Labels and identities are powerful in that they give a sense of community, a way of articulating one’s experience.”

In February 2014, Facebook expanded gender identity from male and female to a list of dozens of options, including Androgyne, Gender Fluid, Intersex, Neither and Transgender. Those choices will all still be available.

People who choose a custom gender can also choose the pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her or they/their.

Facebook has a setting for users to control the audience who sees their gender.

The Williams Institute, a think tank based at the University of California, Los Angeles, estimates there are at least 700,000 people in the U.S. who identify as transgender, an umbrella term that includes people who live as a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth.

Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO and president of the advocacy group GLAAD, said that the past few years have brought “real movement in trans visibility” and that Facebook has been a leader in making that happen.

"This helps to accelerate trans acceptance in our country," Ellis said. "I’m excited about the future for gender identity."

Read the full piece here

Nice work Facebook!

A Quick Reminder for all Feminsts

Written by Pippi, photo from Chanel SS15

A feminist is “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes”. Sometimes we just need a reminder about what feminism is and what is good feminism and what isn’t. I have unfortunately been seeing more of the latter recently. It’s important for people to remember what feminism is all about; equality of the sexes. This means equality for all sexes: male, female, trans. It does NOT mean that women should be superior to men and that all men are pigs. Yes, some men are misogynistic, but if we blame and hate all men we will never progress. 

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