Facebook Adds Genders Beyond 'Male' & 'Female': 6 Labels They Forgot (PHOTOS)​

Lisa Fogarty | Feb 16, 2014 Home & Garden

Have you heard? Facebook users who don't identify as being "male" or "female" now have many, many other options to choose from. The change, which was spearheaded by a FB engineer who is undergoing gender transformation from male to female, is actually pretty cool if you think about it. For anyone struggling to identify with a particular gender, there are options out there. You can even select gender-neutral pronouns and wish "them" a happy birthday instead of wishing "her" a happy birthday.

But why stop there? There are numerous ways Facebook probably hasn't even considered that would prevent users from feeling "stuck" with a label in which they don't identify.

When it comes to gender, it makes sense that some identify as "Transexual Males" or "Pangender," but there are times when some of us may feel like members of a different race or even species. And let's not get started on age -- or, worse of all, the dreaded relationship status. So many possibilities, so little time. Here are 6 suggestions.


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  • Race: 18th Century British Aristocrat


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    Okay, Facebook doesn't actually have a "Race" option. But it's pretty unfortunate that the world automatically assumes I'm anything BUT a swash-buckling, tea-sipping 18th Century English aristocrat -- which is certainly how I feel at times.

  • Race: Chic French Woman


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    Nope, I'm not French either. I mean, my blood isn't French. But you know how I feel when I'm wearing huge sunglasses, striped boat-neck shirts, and day dreaming about chain smoking cigarettes in a cafe? Yep, French.

  • Race: Alien


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    There are definitely days when lots of us feel like we live on another planet. Facebook should be understanding of that and include an option for "alien."

  • Age: Old, Wise Woman Who Wants To Be Alone


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    It isn't enough to be defined by your age. Sometimes you just feel older or younger. It would be ridiculous for me to put in a birthday that makes it seem as if I'm 90, but there are days when I need the following label: "Old wise woman who wants to be ALONE with her books."

  • Relationship Status: Single...Only If You're Ashton Kutcher


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    Not all "single's" are created equal -- especially if you're sort-of single, but would be even more single if Ashton Kutcher suddenly became available.

  • Political Views: Whatever Gets the Job Done


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    Some days you feel Republican, other days you feel like a Democrat. And still other days, you want to crawl under your blanket and not deal. Hey, whatever works.

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