[Image: A screenshot of a section of a facebook newsfeed. The picture and name have been blacked out. It says “(Name) updated their cover photo.”]
See anything unusual? Yeah that’s right, their. Oh yus.
On the “edit profile” page of Facebook, where it allows you to choose your gender, enter each of these into the address bar. Whichever gender is selected in the box will be unselected when you click “save changes”.
Yeah that’s cool. When it works. But with the new Timeline view…
[Image: A screenshot of a section of a facebook timeline editor. It says “Basic Info” with a dropdown box after the words “I am”. Dropdown box is currently on “Select gender”. Underneath is an unchecked checkbox saying “Show my sex on my timeline.”]
“Show my sex in my timeline.” Say what? Sex? But it still says “select gender” if you’ve deselected a gender while on regular profile mode - and therefore still uses neutral pronouns and doesn’t show a gender. I’m not sure if you can still use the above lines to deselect if you’ve switched to Timeline while using a binary gender marker - anyone know? The dropdown options here are Male and Female, as usual.
Interestingly, I listed a friend as my mother on Facebook (yeah yeah I know, I know), and she accepted - meaning she didn’t need to signify what I was in relation to her, since FB generally tries to figure it out. Apparently it had no idea what to do with me since I didn’t use a gender on my profile so it assigned me as her son. Led to a lot of lolwhats from friends who didn’t know I had deselected gender as opposed to just hiding it on my profile.
Facebook, y u make things ridiculous for nonbinaries?