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No, I don't mean it that way.

LJ is getting ready to release code that will make your Gender specification at New Account creation a binary choice. Male or Female. That's it. Nothing Else. The "Unspecified" option is being removed.

An excellent blog entry on this issue is here at Synechdochic's Dreamwidth journal. The suggestion is to quickly change your gender to "Unspecified" and then leave respectful feedback to LJ before this code is pushed.

I personally don't have a problem with binary identification, but I know a whole slug of people who do. So this is reposted here in the name of a world that works for everyone.

[Edit:] LJ has addressed the issue - followup here


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ccdesan
Dec. 15th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
I just set mine to "unspecified" - I'm not clear on what they are going to do with existing accounts. They obviously can't choose for us...
r_caton
Dec. 15th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm neutral too. I blame tight genes.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY SOBER UP I ASK YOU!!!
bayliss
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
Half the time you can't tell from some ones screen name what gender they are any way. I think some people get worked up about nothing on this place.

It's like the ads. Everybody got worked up about the ads. Unless I am trolling around here not logged in I never see them, so they don't bother me.

Besides it's LJ, they always do stuff like this. I'm sure after it's set on the intial journal creation time, the person in question can change it to what ever they want.



Edited at 2009-12-15 11:24 am (UTC)
deckardcanine
Dec. 15th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Why do they care enough to change this feature? Why should it even matter to the Internet what your gender is?
bayliss
Dec. 15th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
probably for targeting the right ads to the right Gender. [IE: Make-up and stuff for girls and X-boxes and and such at boys. Although my ex-boy friend wore more make-up than me so he would have like the make-up ads. :P]
deckardcanine
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you're right. Technology marches on, but advertisers' gender stereotypes don't.
stevenroy
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Apparently, that blog entry has been updated recently with a response from the "US general manager", basically indicating that the issue is just a coding error in some new beta code, which has since been rolled back.

But yeah, it had a lot of people scared there for a moment, didn't it?

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