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Google Plus adds new options for gender identity

Google is making it easier for those who don't identify themselves within the bounds of "male" or "female" on Google Plus. Rachael Bennet, a Google software engineer, announced via the social network that there are now more options for listing one's gender on their profile.

In addition to selecting male or female, Google Plus users will have the option of either inputting their own description or none at all. According to Bennett:

Previously, we provided options for "Male," "Female," and "Other," to encompass both those who don't fit into the traditional gender labels and those who don't want to declare their gender to the world at large. Now, the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, "Male," "Female," "Decline to state," and "Custom." When "Custom" is selected, a freeform text field and a pronoun field will appear. You can still limit who can see your gender, just like you can now. We'll be rolling this feature out for all users over the next few days.

Source: Rachael Bennett (Google Plus)

286 Comments
  • But you are either male or female. I don't get it.
  • There are a number of trans-gender and mix-gender genders that are accepted now. Male and Female just aren't enough now to be socially and politically correct.
  • You do know being politically correct isn't a good thing, right?
  • Maybe, but it's correct.. haha Anyway, if someone doesn't feel like 'male' or 'female' fits their own description/feelings, so be it, let them be whatever they want to be. I'll just input Carebear for now :)
  • I know. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It depends.
  • Especially when forced to be PC. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh Boy (or Other) let the fun begin!
  • My gender is ={Carbon-Based-Lifeform} lol......! Posted via "the Contest-Won" Sprint Galaxy Note 4
  • It's politically correct to say that nazism is bad. Does that make nazism good then? Posted via the Android Central App
  • woops...I accidentally reported your comment...stupid me and my mouse! Sorry...lol :P
  • :( I hope they can see it was an accident :)
  • How about we base things on facts instead of feelings?
  • Fact: Transgender, at least, is legally recognized in a lot of states and countries. And that's only the legal portion... and the last time I checked, Google+ was a SOCIAL network, nothing to do with legal documents or anything of the sort. So if you want to call yourself a 'fluffy meat ball' instead of just being male among your friends, why bring out the pitchforks?
  • Fact - this is the most sensible comment I've ever read. Posted via Android Central App
  • Fact: until we start rewriting DNA, you are either XX, XY, or born with a genetic defect. If you are born male, changing the window dressing doesn't change you on a genetic level. As I've said before, I would call Stephen Stephanie to keep from upsetting them, but I would never consider dating them because I choose not to date men. If I only dated men, I would never date someone whose chromosomes said were female. I guess it depends on what you define as male or female. For me that is on the chromosome level.
  • Nathan, it's not just the shape of the chromosomes (or rather, the 23rd chromosome pair), it's the actual genes that the individual has, the way they are expressed, and the way they affect embryonic/fetal development. About 15 years ago, medical science discovered that trans people have brain structures that are in the range of the sex they were not assigned. About 5-6 years ago, in 2008, researchers discovered two genetic predispositions that could cause brain development to follow one sexed path, while the genital tract follows the other - and that is all it takes for someone to develop in the trans spectrum. It's somewhat binarily cissexist (and I will assume that it was unintentional) to refer to any development other than along a cissexual XX or XY path to be a genetic "defect." I prefer to see it as genetic diversity. While your reasoning about not wanting to date Stephanie, whose parents named her Stephen because they thought she was a boy, is cartoonishly oversimplified, you should be free to make the choice of not dating a woman on the basis that she is trans - but isn't because she is somehow a man because of an error on her birth certificate.
  • FACT: Some people are born with both male and female reproductive organs. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ironically, I don't think Hermaphrodite is a legal gender denomination... go figure. I might be wrong though, and I hope I am...
  • Facts? Some people don't know what facts are, those people are called liberals. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's an issue? What was socially acceptable in the stone ages (aka the time of the conservative) is no longer acceptable. It is time to move on. I may or may not approve of the message I just wrote, but it doesn't matter. I accept it. I accept them. And I resent having to use that pronoun Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Actually, no. It's conservatives actually.
  • +1, no matter of our other differences Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Gotta love them Liberals. Let's ban guns so criminals won't use them. Kill unborn children but spare the convicted mass murderer on death row. Liberal Logic, not even once folks.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Fetus != child
  • Fetus = child if I kill the mother.
  • Planning on killing a lot of expecting mothers?
  • Guns, not just the criminals are killing anymore. 'MURICA F YEAH The problem with the pro gun thing is the unwillingness to hold a higher killing power to a higher standard of scrutiny. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Tell that to Eric Garner.
  • You should check out what some of your police officers have been using them for... "Unborn child" could be considered an oxymoron... Regardless, if you can't tell whether it's a fish, reptile, bird, or mammal, it's not a person. (Mutants and aliens not withstanding) Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Ok... So you're OK with taking God completely out of our society? Note: I'm not, but we don't have factual proof of God's existence. We have faith, and you're a hypocrite if you pray to God and still say stupid things like "How about we base things on facts instead of feelings?"
  • Religious belief should be safe, legal, and rare.
  • what are you talking about? there are multiple genders. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Multiple genders?" That's debatable. If we're being politically correct, then, yes, you're correct. However, technically, even transgender individuals are either Male or Female.
  • Yeah, but legally in a lot of States and Countries, at least Transgender is now a legal, valid denomination. Culturally, there are at least two more 'genders' out there. And scientifically, most experts agree on at least 6. So yeah, "Custom" is a nice way to go for Google.
  • "...And scientifically, most experts agree on at least 6..." No shit. Wow, experts really agree to at least 6 scientifically-legitimate genders? Ya learn something new everyday. P.S. Not being sarcastic, I promise. I really didn't know that. Thanks!
  • I know, right? The first time I read about that I was shocked! Almost as bad (to me) as when they decided Pluto was no longer a planet. Makes you re-think everything you've been taught.
  • Yep, mind definitely blown, haha.
  • So there are now 6 genders? Boy I was taught wrong in school. I was taught if you have a vagina, your female and if you have a penis, your male. Case closed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not really
  • Actually it is. Only 2 sexes and genders. You have a penis, your male, a vagina your a female. Simple as that. Nothing more, nothing less. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, if your school taught grammar and spelling as well as it taught biology, then we all have a better understanding about your education.
  • That's nonsense. You can pull all the scientific crap you want and its still nonsense. Posted via the ACA on NEXUS 6
  • There's a difference between your sex and your gender. Your sex is the physical part, while gender is the social/relationship aspect. Posted via the Android Central App
  • @voracious ghost I always thought they were one in the same. I guess I have a lot to learn lol
  • People are confusing gender with sex. And even sex isn't binary. There are hermaphrodites. Gender is about psychology, whereas sex is physiological. Posted from my Motorola Moto G
  • Johnny, making a differentiation between sex and gender was one way of looking at the diversity that dates back to a point when science did not understand (and it still does not fully understand) that even the psychological aspects of gender/gender identity are physiologically based, and hence biological. Making that psychology/physiology distinction is something that has gotten a lot blurrier ever since scientists found two genetic predispositions for embryonic/fetal development that can result in the brain developing in one sex direction while the genital tract develops along the other line.
  • It isn't an either/or choice. You can be in the middle of gender change surgery. There IS a middle ground. I really don't know why people are fussing over what people call themselves. Yay freedom. Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't really consider it fussing. I think it's an interesting conversation. I've certainly learned a few things. Yay, freedom!
  • Lol, to give an example of fussing vs conversation, head over to iMore for their article about Tim Cook meeting with Jesse Jackson. http://www.imore.com/tim-cook-met-jesse-jackson-discuss-inclusion-earlie... Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Sax_Derp, I just read that comments' section, and it is sad. But, that seems to be business as usual, here at Mobile Nations. I honestly feel like articles like that should just have closed comments' sections. No matter what, they ALWAYS attract the trolls. ALWAYS. Forget what anyone over there says: be you, and be happy for being you. Be proud to be you. You seem to be content with living with yourself; I doubt those fools are content with living with themselves.
  • Thanks for the kind words, but the days of me not being content with who I was weren't all that long ago. It's been about a good 3 years now, but those where the darkest times of my life. I was confused, because I was wrong, yet my wrong had always been right to me. I didn't know there was a "right or wrong." and I imagine any younger tech fan that is one these sites reading these comments. To many of them the native things are just "wow, you're a dick" but to a few people they are personal insults that do hurt and conflict younger individuals. So I got a little upset. But again, thank you. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • After reading even more comments here, I stand by my comment. Some people are making a fuss out of a non-issue that doesn't affect them. Posted via Android Central App
  • It is not a non issue when people, who have the inalienable right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness have to feel second class and have a partnership instead of a marriage. Nor is it a fuss when those same people need to live in fear, listen daily to people debating their rights (who have no stake in them) or when kids are bullied out of existence (literally) because of the intolerance of a society that touts freedom. It should be an issue that should not be discussed. It is a private choice. It is a shame that I have more rights to a gun than I have to marry a guy. Maybe your right. Maybe it is a fuss. Maybe you are right and it should not be a topic of discussion. It should be a given and it is an embarrassment that it isn't. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • ^Pretty much what he said again. Please, tell me who I can take in my bed, but don't you dare touch my damn gun. (I don't like guns, not because "they kill people" but because they're impersonal, I'm very much a melee weapons kind of guy.) Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Very true, we need to stand up for the rights of everyone, regardless of how small or "insignificant" the group. If we don't, who will be left to notice when they come for us? Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • For some reason I never understood, just treating everyone like humans is a extraterrestrial concept. Weird eh? We want to be treated like we're worth something, but treat others like scum. Never got it. At all. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • No. You misunderstood. The decision over who someone identifies as should be a non issue. In other words there shouldn't be any controversy over it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Now I'm confused. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • The problem isn't about rights, the problem is you want to change the actual definition of a word instead instead of using another one.
  • Their commin for our words! Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • "The editors are coming! The editors are coming!" - Words 2014 Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • If I see you eating a steak in a restaurant and say hey that looks good I want one for lunch too, have I changed the definition of what a steak is? It's ridiculous to say some pre conceived notion of a definition has been changed. But even if that were true marriage for instance, has changed it the past. It used to be about giving your daughter away in exchange for some property. You don't hear much about arranged marriages now though do you? Most of the world has moved on from that. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll agree with you, up to the point where you talk about the gun. Both are fundamental rights, and both need to be respected, and government needs to get out of making laws dealing with both of them.
  • I know I won't stand with the majority here, but if you kill yourself due to bullying, well, I have no sympathy. I spent my entire scholastic career being bullied or in a fight because of bullying. You deal with it. I feel that I am a stronger person today for what I endured in school. It certainly allows me to shrug off the random comments of others on places like message boards where I see a lot of other people lash out in fury.
  • Yes... "Two" is multiple. Despite all your smushy feelings, that's the total number of genders out there. Posted via Android Central App
  • 756 is multiple as well Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Again, Sex Vs Gender. Read about it. There are more than one genders. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Actually, the primary medical definition of gender is "sex" in Websters dictionary. It is only recently that it is being commandeered to mean something else.
  • I wasn't talking a the definition of gender, I was talking about the traditional definition of marriage.
  • Agreed. Physically, biologically, only two exist. Peoples preference or "identity" is something else entirely. I don't give a damn what the "politically correct" thing is to say, do or believe. I believe in facts, science and reality.
  • Wrong. Hermaphrodites are physically and biologically both.
  • Not necessarily. It is actually kind of complex. Genetically speaking, there are only two sexes. But some people can have a mixture of two sex genomes at once (although that is EXTREMELY rare). But the term "hermaphrodite" is often used to mean the physical (outward) sex is unclear (when the underlying genetic sex is clearly male or female). Fortunately for those people, testing is MUCH more advanced than in the past, so you don't hear as much about horrible surgical mutilations performed on infants based on just a guess.
  • And exactly how many hermaphrodites have the been? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Have the been? You mean... A clitoris? Anyway, I've known one (maybe more, it's not something people would broadcast). I don't know if they had the bean, I didn't ask to see their junk. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Enough to make it a category instead of an anomaly. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Do you pray to God? Just wondering if you're an atheist, or a hypocrite.
  • Gender is a psychological and social term. Hypothetically there are as many genders as people. Sex if physical, there are only two standard sexes. But even then we have hermaphrodites and people who are born as neither, which I can't remember the term for. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Welcome to 2014 where is unPC to identify yourself as "straight." Your known as sisgender.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • What does 2014 have to say about proper grammar and cogent prose?
  • UnPC is a console gamer right? Cisgender refers to someone who identifies their gender as the same as their birth sex. Straight is a person who is attracted to the opposite sex. Sexuality and gender aren't related, a man is a man and a woman a woman whether they are gay, straight, bi or whatever. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • +1 nice post Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • I'm sitting here thinking about the fact that video games have covered this better.
    . *edit* to clarify, I wasn't knocking your post. It was a very solid post and I agree with you. This is the game I'm referencing. Nice scene really. http://youtu.be/o3LKbEQdaOg It's about 4 minutes long, from Dragon Age Inquisition, so spoiler alert. Especially if you're interested in pursuing The Iron Bull romance line. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Yeah growing up with video games and anime it's quite hard to think of gender as being binary! I'm actually very surprised that Bioware's forward thinking attitude toward sexuality and gender survived the EA takeover. On a side note, I found the mass effect adverts really strange, as my Sheppard was female (I romanced Liara. I'd like to claim social commentary, but I'm a heterosexual male and we do love our lesbians! [Real reason; Kaiden and Ashley were both annoying]). Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Never played Mass Effect.... *Relinquishs GamerTag.* Yeah, it's nice to see its still around. People think they went overbored, because it seems like the number of Heterosexual relationships in Inquisition are scarce, but I haven't played enough of the game for this to be an issue. That would take me years to find out. Must. Romance. Everyone. Also, I like how they have racism and prejudice in their games and it's not just a joke. The characters actually get passionate about it and speak there reasons on why they should be treated like any one else. *tip, play a Daleish Elf in Origins and you'll know what I mean.* Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • The main reason I didn't like Ashley in ME (give it a go if you get chance) is that she's a huge bigot. I have played a Daelish, and it does offer some interesting insight given that I'm a white guy. (Although, and I'm not saying it's the same, it's surprising how much heat you draw just having long hair, I cut it last year and it's like *poof* invisible. Different=BAD!) Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I know what you mean on the hair, I hear my parents do it all the time "Why is his hair so long he looks like a woman?" and things that I'd rather not post here. And it is the same, just on a subject you can actually change. For instance if you wanted to stop hearing it you could cut your hair. Some people aren't that lucky. Of course, you could also not cut your hair and have a majestic head of hair that makes all the bald men jealous.... Priorities. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Because there are people out there who try to convince people they are something they aren't. So sick and tired of this politcal correct crap =/ Posted via Android Central App
  • You don't have to be politically correct to not be a dick. Live your life and let others live theirs. I'm sure you've tried to convince people that you weren't a dick at some time in your life, so you're just as guilty as anyone else.
  • If you want to identify with a gender that you weren't born with, or if you don't want to identify with any gender, it's cool. Why would I have a problem with that? It's not really my business how you live your life, and if identifying with another gender, or none brings you some peace, have at it. Note: The second you want me to help pay for your reassignment surgery is when I tell you to pound sand, unless you're one of my children, and then it's at least open for discussion. But strangers wanting to force me to is evil.
  • If you are a man with big man t*ts then I guess that counts as dual gender? lol, sorry I couldn't help it.
  • sprint4lyfe, for most people, adding an option for anything other than male or female does not make sense for their own gender identity. Their gender identity is congruent with the sex they were assigned at birth. However, there are genetic and other developmental things that happen with some people, that make them turn out to be transsexual, transgender, or intersex. And while some of those people also feel comfortable within the male/female binary, there are others in the spectrum of sex/gender who do not, and this is for them. It's also for those who, while trans or intersex, want to be "up front" about the fact that there may be differences "under the hood" so to speak, particularly in relation to people they might have a relationship interest in. It's not merely being politically correct, it is society recognizing that the oversimplified binary of sex/gender is not universally applicable.
  • "Negative... I am a meat popsicle"
  • Lol
  • Smoke you! Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I was worried no one would get the joke :P haha thanks!
  • First thing I thought of upon reading the article was that exact line. LOL
  • You people can report me all you want. If you have testicles your a man if you have a vagina your a lady. Posted via Android Central App
  • *You're ;-)
  • Finally, someone who understands the difference between your and you're! It has been used incorrectly more in this contents section than most others I've read. Posted via Android Central App
  • Might want to check your spelling as well as I think this is a comments section and not a contents section. Wouldn't have said anything but you're the one that brought up your language peeves.
  • What if you're five? Around 50% of five year olds have testicles, none of them are men. Or what about dogs? Are none neutered dogs men? Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Oh shit, I just had my dog spayed. I guess I should stop referring to her as "her." Sent from my Nexus 5, behind six proxies
  • Heathen... Good on you Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Actually I think you mean ovaries... those would be the female gonads, not the vagina.
  • Yeah, I actually know a couple of people who had testicles, but now have vaginas instead. They are female, but "ladies" may be pushing it lol. Same goes for most of the people I know who have ovaries. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • You people? Posted via the Android Central App
  • http://youtu.be/6fZZqDJXOVg
  • I guess I'm a woman? Because I don't have testicles? Damn this cancer m8. /s Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Are your chromosomes XX or XY?
  • I'm a genetic guy. I live as a guy. Just pointing out that there are men like myself that lack testicles. And men that lack balls. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • And if you can't differentiate between you're and your, you're an idiot.
  • This is a good thing. I approve of Goole not trying to keep up with the times and just saying "here's a box, type what you want in it. Or don't, it's up to you.". Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Where are the bathrooms for "other" ? Posted from the bando
  • Why? You've been holding it for a long time?
  • hahahahaha This put a huge smile on my face. Bravo!
  • Scott is in rare form in this thread and I keep trying not to read it. Kudos to both Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • This comment thread is a horrifying example of how much progress we have yet to make in understanding gender, and respecting others. Yes, there are plenty of people who don't feel "male" or "female" properly identify them. One of the many reasons for this is how does a transgendered person even accurately answer this? Biologically or psychologically? At what stage in their transition process do they determine one or the other? What if, like many people, they don't feel that one specific gender accurately defines their personality? Gender's not that simple, and genitals are an utterly useless metric for knowing much about a person besides whether they're physically equipped for your desire to have sex with them. And that's on you, not them.
  • And even if you don't understand or agree with the finer points of gender identity, I don't get why some people are making a such a huge deal out of this. I love how people are acting like it's this huge inconvenience to them that a relatively small number of people are now able to type something other than "male" or "female" in a box on a social network. Sent from my Nexus 5, behind six proxies
  • Seriously. I get to leave mine male because I was both born male and, lucky for me, identify as male. This puts me out in no way, shape or form. Now people who live lives others aren't familiar with have options that make them comfortable too. Awesome.
  • It goes much deeper than that. Say my five year old daughter is in the restroom and some forty year man who cannot decide who he or she wants to be today wants to use the ladies room? So I have to except this? Not happening. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "...who cannot decide who he or she wants to be today..." And with that you lose all credibility in discussing this topic. Also has absolutely ZERO to do with the topic of this post.
  • It's worth talking about what he brought up. You do realize that type of legislation has passed in California. It may not be what the article was about, but it's definitely in the same vein. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No. This is the completely wrong forum for that topic. It's a total non sequitur. This is about Google+ allowing people to more accurately define their gender on a social network. That has NOTHING to do with public restroom gender etiquette.
  • It is. You could have sex parts that don't support your personal gender view. If you're a dude that thinks of yourself as a women, you are "entitled" to the women's room. This article has to do with your view of gender. They are related. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not true sir, most transsexuals men use men's rooms. There are still stalls to sit down. They do not "decide" to be men today, and women tomorrow. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • What I said was a person with Male hardware can go in a women's restroom if his gender view leads him there (California... Maybe other states) Posted via the Android Central App
  • The few that I know don't do this, because of public perception. They are very openly and flamboyantly women, but use male restrooms because they don't want to be assulted by an angry parent, or arrested. The law works on Sex. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Related and on topic aren't the same thing. If I start a thread on a Mario Kart post about my love of Wario as a racer, that doesn't make discussing what a failure the Virtual Boy was despite how good Wario Land was a logical place to take the conversation. That person's transphobia in restrooms has nothing to do with people's rights to identify their gender on social media as they choose, or why people here don't comprehend the complexity of gender. Save it for another topic or another thread.
  • Mario Kart? You need to play some Forza 5 or Gran Turismo 6 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mario Kart Double Dash is the best racing game ever made full stop. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Funny how you were talking about all kind of bull crap that's technically not related to the Google+ gender option switch, but when someone brings up a valid counter argument about the possibility of his 5 year old daughter being in the same restroom as a 40 year old undecided gender man you claim it's not on topic and don't want to talk about it anymore. Very typical.
  • Afraid they might mingle water when washing their hands? Your son is more likely to be molested in the men's room by a completely straight-looking pedophile than your daughter by a transgender person. Maybe you should be more worried about that.
  • Your personal gender "view"? Wtf
  • Your name turbo fool works perfect for you. Matches your thought process Posted via Android Central App
  • TurboFool, be fair. Erik has been fed a lot of lies by fearmongers who mischaracterize trans people as "confused" based on the level of medical science knowledge ca. 1965, back when medical doctors knew very little about brain structure and genetic/developmental differences that lead to people developing as trans. For Erik - first, you should *never* let your 5 year old daughter go into a public restroom alone, Just as your wife will take your 5 year old son into the ladies' room, if you're not with your wife, mother, sister or sister-in-law (or other trusted female relative/friend) , you are going to have to take that little girl to a "family" restroom, or if there isn't one, to the men's room, yourself, take her into a stall, and protect her. And second, the "gender-confused 40 year old man" stereotype isn't real.
  • Erik Johnson, a sound of reason! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Jay Holm, a mixer of metaphors.
  • And?
  • I am proud to say that I am a lesbian trapped in a mans body... Let me finish with a quote from the greatest actor on earth, Ron Jeremy. "...all pu*sy is beautiful..."
  • So do you have a date set for your gender reassignment surgery? How do you pronounce "pu*sy"? Is it similar to "pussy"? I can't keep up with hip hop lingo... Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I feel like this is excellent news! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Negative. I am a meat popsicle
  • People make this more complicated than it has to be. But to each his/her/it's own, I guess. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is all liberal political correct BS. I will guarantee you pretty soon all businesses will have to install a third "custom" restroom. This is already happening in schools. Certain school systems are actually taking gender out of the equation all together. Boys and girls no longer exist, so we do not offend a very small percentage of people. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wait, what? Schools are teaching children to think of themselves and each other as people first, rather than pigeon holing them based on archaic gender stereotypes? Damn them! "DAY TURKAR JERBS!" These seem like two different, though possibly connected, "issues". Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Let me guess, you don't have kids Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why does it matter? Because you'd like to make a specious argument? To quote myself (yeah, I'm that guy) "What if your children grow up with a gender identity that's different from their sex? Wouldn't you prefer that it wasn't an issue?" Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Because you don't have the right perspective!! It matters a lot that you don't have kids, and I know you don't. I'm all for this Google plus thing... Whatever, couldn't care less honestly. But I am not OK with certain other changes in this country to appease a slim number of people Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have kids and he is right.
  • Who's right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Figure it out. It's not hard.
  • You damn well know that is not whats going on. Liberal propaganda, making believe everyone is the same, no differences so we do not offend anyone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^^^Honest man^^^ Posted via the Android Central App
  • You guys should get a room.
  • I feel like "making believe everyone is the same" is more along the lines of what you're doing by thinking everyone must be boxed into two gender categories. Allowing free gender identity lets those who see themselves as different no longer have to define themselves as either "male" or "female". Also, this literally affects no one negatively.
  • Don't really need to reply, JTC276 pretty much covered it... It's about acknowledging differences not denying them. What if your children grow up with a gender identity that's different from their sex? Wouldn't you prefer that it wasn't an issue? Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • And by your "conservative propaganda", people who want to live their life their own way can't be tolerated. That's why I don't identify as a Republican any more. Tools like you. (And no, I'm not a liberal OR a democrat) Grow up and let people live their lives. Get out of their bedrooms and sexual choices. If it's consenting, and between consenting adults, then it's OK.
  • I do not want to be in anyone's bedroom. My point is if someone does not adhere to political correctness and have a different point of view they are demonized by the so called tolerant ones. Now a days you have to be so careful not to offend anyone even by accident. How about if you are offended, get over it and move on like 99 percent of us do. I'm not saying go out of your way to offend that is totally unacceptable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh my god. Who cares? Let's not act like this is actually a problem. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So... because a group is small, its participants don't have any rights? What a commie you are, Erik. Do you keep your Hammer and Sickle flag in your garage, or do you fly it proudly?
  • No one is infringing on rights whatsoever. No laws are being passed to take them away. Didn't know checking a box was a right. By the way I'm basically a libertarian. I have no problem with civil unions on and on. Government should be out of the marriage business all together. All my comments are based on there being different views for the "anything goes" society we live in today. Posted via the Android Central App
  • We live in such a backwards, twisted world, that some people don't "know" what gender they actually are! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Please explain to me the negative impact this will have on you in graphic detail. Honestly. I'm curious.
  • Sex Vs gender. Learn it. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Obviously you guys aren't the kind of people I want to learn anything from! So no thank you! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, because why listen to reason?
  • Umm...Erik Johnson is the one who has a reasonable and sound mind. Not you. In all likelihood, you were born after 1990. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, because the guy worried about a third "Custom" bathroom is totally the one to listen to over the one that recommends you simply allow people to identify as whatever they want to identify as. Also, I have no reason to be embarrassed for being born after 1990. I'd rather be a part of a generation that promotes individuality and social progress opposed to the one that tanked the economy and put us in the biggest recession since the Great Depression.
  • What does that have to do with being a boy or girl? Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm not worried about a third bathroom, I'm just saying there is a political correctness agenda getting way out of hand in the United States. Oh, and you are still blaming President Bush. Classic Posted via the Android Central App
  • You specifically mentioned a third bathroom like it would be some sort of travesty. And nowhere in my comment did I say anything about Bush. Yes, the economic crash happened during his presidency and he certainly didn't do much to help it, but your generation's spending practices were the direct cause of it. Basically, I'm tired of being insulted by the worst generation of Americans that has ever existed.At least we're on the right track of respecting each other and not being assholes to anyone who is different, whether it be socially or ethnically. List your stunning accomplishments and social progressions and I'll actually take your insults seriously.
  • I'm sure you'll love this, actually I would fall under Reagan. They all overspend anyways, guess it just depends what they are spending it on. How in the hell did we get on the economy anyways? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh, just Jay Holm saying that everyone born after 1990 lacks morals and values and you saying that modern society is too politicly correct and liberal. Just typical criticisms that I've grown tired of from a generation that literally has nothing to be proud of.
  • What we are proud of is going to work everyday, providing for our families not being dependent on the government for social programs, taking care of ourselves. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm willing to bet that the majority of people dependent on the government right now belong to your generation. Yes, it is respectable to work and provide for your family, but members of every generation have done that. The special generations are those that want society to be a better, more welcoming place where those being discriminated against will have the rights and freedoms that they deserve. The "I Can't Breathe" protests are a perfect example and the social strides that have been taken in the last decade alone have been remarkable.
  • Wrong on everything you just said. Have to go now. Need to get some sleep and go to work in the morning. How about you or do you go to class in the morning and get brainwashed by some liberal professor. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, I go to college like a lot of 19-year-olds. Didn't know there was something wrong with that, too. You learn a lot these days from people who are narrow-minded and bitter about their insignificance in society.
  • When you get a career and earn a paycheck get back to me. Remember this, the youth typically have utopian ideas and once they get out in the real world and see how competitive and cut throat it is they usually will become more conservative as they grow older. It's all rainbows right now. Good luck Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will do, man. And I have no idea why I'd "become more conservative" unless I get some sort of mental illness. Anyway, back to living in utopia.
  • I've was back stabbed hardcore by my so called right wing friends awhile back. Best thing that ever happened to me. Posted via Android Central App
  • Erik it was the reverse for me. When I was younger I thought I was Mr Conservative, Mr Tea Party. Long story short I will not be apart of a group who blames the poor for the problems of this country. Posted via Android Central App
  • Damn this college education his generation told me I needed to get a successful job so I can go to work and get a paycheck to provide for my family. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • The Democrats controlled the Congress for 2 years prior to and during the recession.
  • Pretty sure the recession was mainly due to years of citizens frivolously spending, not Democrats having control of Congress for 2 years.
  • My comment was in response to the post that blamed Bush for the recession. He's partly at fault, as was the frivolous spending you suggested, but it's more complicated than that. The federal government refusing to put standards on home ownership criteria was the genesis. You can thank the democrats for that also.
  • Bruh, 18 trillion...nuff said Posted via the Android Central App
  • That is the current debt level of the US. What's your point?
  • Our current administration added 7 trillion of it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You have to spend money to fix a broken economy. Unemployment is down, stocks are up, and the American economy is nearly as healthy as it was in the 90's. We've never been out of debt, so why worry about it now? If things keep going up, maybe the debt will start to decrease.
  • I was born in 1983 and I agree, so... Ummm... Instant credibility? What a stupid criteria by which to judge someones argument. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I said that, because young people don't have any morals & values. Moral compass doesn't exist with young people. Anything & everything is ok, "don't offend" anyone, is all young people care about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Jesus. I thought I was just discussing a serious topic with someone who had an opposing view. I never imagined that you were a complete moron. I'm so glad that a random man over the internet has assessed that an entire generation of people (more specifically those born after 1990) have no morals and values. But just to humor me, I'd like you to explain to me the moral consequences of identifying as something other than male or female. I'm personally drawing a blank, but I'm willing to stomach whatever you happen to fabricate.
  • The irony is, it's quite obvious which of you is more nature... Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • The irony is that you're biased Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think you're biased if you can't see that the man who says everyone born after 1990 doesn't have morals is the immature one here.
  • Haha what utter rubbish! I would retort, but your comment already contradicted itself! Regardless I have met fourteen year olds of outstanding character and forty year olds with none. You often can judge a book by its cover, but some of them may surprise you. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Sounds like Jay wants to move with Erik to Montana to raise sheep...
  • Keep your day job Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's your problem, you have a "kind of people" you are willing to learn from. I am willing to listen to and potentially learn from anyone, even people like you. It's just not likely I actually will. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I'm picky, very picky about whose opinions I value. More people should be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Upon this at least, we can agree. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Finally, something I can agree with. I'm sorry you think I have no morals because of the year I decided to pop out of my mother. I'll reschedule that event in my next life m8, no biggie. Serious note. What's wrong with being progressive? I'm a black bisexual man, and I'd like to be able to live my life as such. Do I think there should be third bathrooms? No, that's just stupid. What the hell would that be, stand up toilets? Do I think we can let people live their sexual lives as they see fit? Yes. Problem? Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • No such thing as a bi-sexual man. Just kidding Posted via the Android Central App
  • *squints at Erik.* intimidation doesn't work on the interwebs.
    Doesn't matter. I like you. You have your values and you hold to them, yet you can word it without being a huge prick.... After some time. Here's a +1 from the negative Sax_Derp Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • I came across wrong. Meant no harm Posted via the Android Central App
  • To be honest, there isn't much of a way to get that wrong, but I'm not a special snowflake, no harm was done sir. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Your ethnicity, sexuality and gender don't matter to me. But are you on my lawn? GET OFF MY LAWN! Damn kids... Wait... I don't have a lawn... Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Love that movie Posted via the Android Central App
  • If that were the case, you'd be ignored.
  • The twisted part is that we treat them like freaks and outsiders. They're people, and deserve respect as people. You can dislike one of them on a personal basis all you like, but when you start marginalizing them as a group, you're essentially putting on a white robe and throwing gasoline on a cross. Stop it.
  • On my planet (no, not this one), we aren't restricted by Earth's definitions of gender. Thanks, Google+...
  • Oh well. What can you do Posted via Android Central App
  • If you have a 5 year old son who comes up to you and says I'm a girl you have a responsibility to let him know that he's a male. Posted via Android Central App
  • Just like if you have a fifteen year old that says the same, you have a responsibility to discuss it with him on a serious level. There hopefully aren't too many five year olds on Google plus... Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • And then years of mistreatment of your child end up in the two of you being estranged because you can't accept the fact that your child isn't happy as male, and has been forced into a role by his bigoted, short-sighted homophobic father who really is more interested in shoving him into a pigeon hole than letting him become a fully functional human with at least some modicum of self-esteem. Yep... your kid would be a suicide risk by high school, and a large part of that would be your fault. But hey! You can say that you made a man outta him while he's in the morgue at 13. Great job man! You're a REAL man. And by real man, I mean piece of shit, because a real real man would have enough compassion and wisdom to get over his homophobia and simply love and support his child.
  • Please, acelucero75, you really need to get educated on the issue before you find yourself in the position of abusing a 5 year old girl who was misgendered at birth because she had the wrong shape genitals. I would hope that you never get to be the parent of a trans kid, and if you do, that you learn something first before you do harm.
  • I can't wait until I can legally marry my dog and get frontline on her pet insurance - no more worries about fleas & ticks Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have nothing against gay marriage, I actually support people's right to marry whoever they love. I'm just surprised by this gender identification thing. I didn't know it even existed. So if a man says he's a women it should be allowed? I don't get what's going on here? Posted via Android Central App
  • Who has the right to tell you how you should or shouldn't be able to self-identify? Are you a slave or a free man? Who owns you? A person's most fundamental property is them self. When you try to constrain someone else's property, you're committing evil. There is no allowing when you're talking about free men and women.
  • What an idiotic comment. Dogs or any other animal can't consent to anything.
  • Don't tell him that. You just ruined his entire sex life.
  • It's been scientifically proven that animals can communicate with various members of the "Whisperer" community. He simple needs to use this middle man to gain content from the animal of his desire and he shall he in the clear. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • And what's all this talk about custom restrooms? So a boy can use the girls restroom if he says he's a girl? I never heard of this. Seriously what is this about? Posted via Android Central App
  • I want a custom toilet. Black with blue led down lighting. And it sighs when you flush, erotic or exasperated I don't even mind! Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Welcome to the great state of California. This is a legit thing horrifyingly. Boys can use girls bathrooms at school. Posted via Android Central App
  • That isn't true, dumbcow1. It's not boys being allowed to use the girls' restroom, it's girls who were previously misclassified.
  • I knew this article would stir some reaction. In all seriousness I like hearing different points of view just don't always agree with them. I have my strong beliefs and I will stand by them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Absolutely Erik! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Con circle jerk
  • I also enjoy opinions formed using scientific understanding from the 19th century Posted via the Android Central App
  • You are so enlightened and opened minded Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks mate Posted via the Android Central App
  • Irony thy name is Erik.
  • Well, he's actually (eventually) taken the time to explain what he means. I'm totally okay with him having his Veiws. As long as he respects me as an individual, and allows me to have my freedom and equality I don't give two shits about the fact that he isn't behind my lifestyle. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • I look forward to all the misguided hate mail this will generate to AC that Phil shares on G+. Posted via Android Central App
  • Knowing the difference between right and wrong isn't "hate". Posted via the Android Central App
  • This isn't a situation where "right" and "wrong" apply.
  • The right thing is for us all to just accept this means nothing to most of us, but is quite important to the people it affects. Which is likely no one who has commented, but who knows? Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I'm not sure why people are getting so worked up over what other people want to call themselves.
  • No, me neither. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Trying to control others is. Why do you think you have a right to impose your views on other people? Hint: You don't. When you try, you're the evil one.
  • Goes both ways Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know what phone I should get next? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I quite like the Z3, maybe the note 4 if you like big phones and don't mind Samsung. Also I'm English, so we should probably argue over whether it's "Zed" or "Zee" ;) Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I'm American and it's Zed.... Wait. I'm African bois Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • When we beat back you evil, imperialist British, we also won the rights to the English language, so of course it's Zee!
  • Everything is considered hate speech these days. Posted via Android Central App
  • Nah, just hate speech.
  • ^what he said^ haven't seen much reasonable speech labeled as hate speech. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Gender: FABULOUS
  • Gender: Ramen God. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Gender: divisive. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Gender - male Posted via Android Central App
  • Only two genders in this world, male and female. Even a kid with snot in his nose knows that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sexes. The only two Sexes. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Well.... 2.5
  • I don't understand how being a male or female could be considered offensive? Posted via Android Central App
  • Not offensive, but not entirely accurate either? Right? Right.
  • It's not offensive when you just meet someone. I have a friend that identifies as a different gender. When someone asks him if he's a girl, he'll explain that he's not and leave it at that. If you use it to insult him he rightfully gets irked. If call him a "she, or her" in a sentence, he doesn't care much because it's a slip of the tongue. It's not as obvious as me obviously being black and you walking up to me and calling me a white man. But we can give people their respect, especially if they've taken the time to clear up any confusion. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Every kid also knows that muslims are terrorists. Hmm... maybe every kid is just a kid who's been told what his parents want him or her to believe, and maybe those kids need to grow up. Right Muhammad?
  • 'Male, Female, Decline to State and.... Mental' seems to be more legally, socially, politically and universally accepted.
  • Annnndd The social justice league rejoices. Oh, wait. They're all on Tumblr. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What the fuck is a "Tumblr?"
    Also, please refer to them as Social Justice Warriors, because the League needs a leader.
    Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • There are some people who think they are dogs trapped in a human body. Where do we go from here? As for gender determination. This is very easy. Males have a Y chromosome while females have only X. So regardless of physical or even genetic deformities we can still be easily tested for our true gender. Anyone who is in flux about their true gender is dealing with psychological issues. Unfortunately society and the media thinks that if we make enough check boxes and tell enough stories that it will make these people "feel" better. But sadly science and history is proving that this is not the case.
  • Chromosomes determines your *sex*, not your gender. Pedantic, yes, but for this particular argument the semantic difference does matter.
  • Using genitals, or chromosomes, alone, is still an oversimplification. One has to go to the gene level, and then see how the genes influence embryonic/fetal development. If brain development "zigs" while the genital tract "zags" you get a trans individual - the genetic/development/physiology of the brain is actually more important than the physiology of the genital tract. Luckily, cissexual people have brains that are congruent with their genital tracts, so the oversimplified methods still work for them.
  • We collar them and let them sleep by the fireplace. This isn't rocket science. You don't get to tell other people how to live their lives, unless they're harming someone. At that point, you should stop them from harming whoever they're harming. Other than that, STFU and live your life, and stop being a judgmental prick. As for Science... http://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/transgender.aspx
  • Positivo launched on Tuesday (9) the SX1000, a low-cost notebook that runs Android 4.4.The machine has a touch screen of 10.1 inches, battery to last up to five hours, physical keyboard in Portuguese and connections that virtually all notebook has, including an HDMI output and two USB ports to connect flash drives and printers.
    http://androidphonehub.com/products/positive-sx1000-is-a-cheap-laptop-th...
  • Changing the world I suppose. Ha
  • So many people mixing up sex and gender >< Your sex is biological and binary (male or female) but your gender/gender identity is *not*.
    This comment thread is horrifying. I don't understand how a collection of intelligent people who are all for technological change and progress can be so backward in matters like this ....
  • Because I enjoy my gadgets to be agenda-free?
  • What agenda?
  • I hate to be 'that guy' but it's Google+ not Google Plus.
  • Ok this is just weird Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't read the comments. Don't read the comments don't read the comments.... Gah! Shouldn't have read the comments. Anyway, thank you Google+, it is appreciated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Makes sense... What about the other races? Elves, dwarfs, wizards, hobbits...? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't forget about the option for mixed-race! My mother was an elf, my father was a wizard. That makes me a wizard-elf.
  • Until there are transgender public washrooms...You are male or female. Pick a lane.
  • For God's sake...of all the asinine BS I've read lately....
  • Yeah, I also have my Facebook gender set to non-binary. Whatever the hell that means, I'm not quite sure.
  • Political correct much? I understand that their are other humans that don't consider themselves either male or female. I for one am a lesbian hippo. Where is my name category :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • Arrrshole
  • I've had enough. I'm heading over to Reason . com to talk about phones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you go by Mr. or Mrs?