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Old 02-13-2024, 08:41 AM   #1
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Request to Add More Genders in "About Me" Section of Profile Information

"Male" and "Female" are the only gender options. So, I am suggesting the gender options to be more inclusive to people who do not call themselves female nor male. Some people are nonbinary, transgender, and other genders as well.
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Old 02-13-2024, 09:53 PM   #2
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Good idea. There are also people who for various reasons -- online privacy comes to mind -- would "prefer not to say" so maybe we could also have that option.
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Old 02-13-2024, 11:09 PM   #3
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You can leave your gender unselected. It's not mandatory to choose your gender. Well, at least it wasn't when I signed up in 2014 (just looked and mine is not selected).
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Old 02-13-2024, 11:54 PM   #4
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Are you asking for MobileRead to offer a menu with choices such as Male, Female, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirited, Androgynous, Asexual and any other choices that may be suggested in the future? And, if so, why?

Personally, I do not know nor do I really care about the gender choices made by other MobileRead members. My interaction is with their messages here. One of the great things about the internet is that you don't get to judge people based on any criteria other than their ability to write.

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Old 02-14-2024, 02:35 AM   #5
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Old 02-14-2024, 06:43 AM   #6
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... why?

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... I am suggesting the gender options to be more inclusive to people who do not call themselves female nor male. ...
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Old 02-14-2024, 12:48 PM   #7
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You can leave your gender unselected. It's not mandatory to choose your gender. Well, at least it wasn't when I signed up in 2014 (just looked and mine is not selected).
You can still leave it unselected, I haven't set mine either. There's also the custom user title field, which is free text, so there is a workaround for non-conforming gender identities.

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Personally, I do not know nor do I really care about the gender choices made by other MobileRead members.
So you have recognized that this thread isn't about you, and yet you still felt the need to post.
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Old 02-14-2024, 01:44 PM   #8
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So you have recognized that this thread isn't about you, and yet you still felt the need to post.
Since I am a human being with a gender identity, could you explain how this thread's topic does not include me?

That my personal preference would be to remove the gender item entirely is exactly that. My personal preference.

Am I supposed to care what consenting adults do in private? Is knowing that someone is a polyamorous furry relevant to their posts on MobileRead?
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Old 02-14-2024, 02:44 PM   #9
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Since I am a human being with a gender identity, could you explain how this thread's topic does not include me?

That my personal preference would be to remove the gender item entirely is exactly that. My personal preference.

Am I supposed to care what consenting adults do in private? Is knowing that someone is a polyamorous furry relevant to their posts on MobileRead?
Has anyone said/asked anything about what consenting adults do in private, or sexual orientation? I thought the OP asked about gender (no mention of sexual orientation).
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Old 02-14-2024, 07:56 PM   #10
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Has anyone said/asked anything about what consenting adults do in private, or sexual orientation? I thought the OP asked about gender (no mention of sexual orientation).
Please try reading and comprehending the quote from the OP's original message with my added highlighting quoted in this message.

Are you attempting to say that what the OP wrote does not qualify as asking to have sexual orientation as part of gender? Gender once used to mean male or female but that meaning has been warped through the years to the point where gender is now used to refer social and cultural differences rather than biological ones and/or to a range of identities that are not not the traditional male and female.

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Old 02-14-2024, 07:59 PM   #11
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And I am also rather curious as to why I've had to write this message multiple times. It seems as if my reply is being deleted though I'm tempted to apply Hanlon's Razor.
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Please try reading and comprehending the quote from the OP's original message with my added highlighting quoted in this message.

Are you attempting to say that what the OP wrote does not qualify as asking to have sexual orientation as part of gender? Gender once used to mean male or female but that meaning has been warped through the years to the point where gender is now used to refer social and cultural differences rather than biological ones and/or to a range of identities that are not not the traditional male and female.
I believe there are two different things: gender and sexual orientation. And by sexual orientation, I mean preferences for sexual intercourse/relations. I believe, from your quote of the OP (and your bolding), the OP was referring to gender, and you are referring to both.

I would be interested in how others interpreted the OP's post (including the OP).
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  • Please don't discuss moderation on the boards. Check the guidelines. If you've got an issue, PM a mod. But since you asked....
  • I'm tempted to apply the definition of idiocy, myself, to the repostings. Certainly there was no malice involved nor incompetence at the editing end. One post was deleted for sheer offensiveness and pugnacity and the second because it was largely a repost.
  • Once a green has ruled on something, it's time to let it go. And if a post has been deleted, don't just assume you can come back with the same or similar comment.
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That part of the form is optional? Good to know, I've been many other places where there were just two choices and it was mandatory to pick one, otherwise you couldn't proceed. Too bad others can't be added but yeah, old software can indeed be tetchy. Best not to fiddle with it any more than one absolutely has to.
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There are actually three choices on that form--it just isn't obvious--the blank line on the top of the drop down is selectable. If you do so, the "Gender" item in you profile will show "N/A".

I leave to the collective imagination possible interpretations of "N/A" in this context.
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