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Why "gender" should be a text field

Why "gender" should be a text field

Presented at BarCamp Geelong 2011.

Brianna Laugher

July 09, 2011

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  1. Pros: • Using the wrong pronoun is very jarring •

    Helps translators • Helps statistics/metrics • Helps advertisers • How dare you disrupt my neat view of the world! My perspective will rule!
  2. Sarah Dopp: I’ll give you a hint: If you’re still

    asking about race in a required drop-down menu, you’re way behind. Because doing it that way says to a user: • You have a race. • It’s really important to me. • It’s one (and only one) of these listed here.
  3. More reading • Facebook's decision on gender: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=2108918713 • Sarah

    Mei on Diaspora: http://www.sarahmei.com/blog/2010/11/26/disalienatio • Gina Trapani: http://smarterware.org/7388/the-case-against-drop-do • Bagcheck asks for pronouns: http://bagcheck.com/blog/01-the-gender-question • Metafilter on analysing their open field: http://metatalk.metafilter.com/20050/Gender-Go-nuts-