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CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE

NON-GENDERED

Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


GOOGLE OFFERS NON GENDER-SPECIFIC OPTION!


Another step forward on the road to legal and societal recognition for non-gendered identity –

The giant Google Corporation has amended its registration procedure and now offers THREE OPTIONS in place of a mandatory requirement that users state a gendered role when opening an account.

If anyone wants to open a Google account, the options under the gender field are ‘male’, ‘female’ and ‘other’ – which is similar to the Indian passport application form.

While it would have been preferable for this question not to have appeared at all, it is nonetheless a major breakthrough in that an international corporation and a recognised global brand has acknowledged the existence of human identity outside the gendered societal structure and has made provision that ensures non-gendered users are no longer required to state a gendered role in order to access online account facilities.

Whereas ‘other’ is vague by definition and can be interpreted in various ways dependant on how or whether one wants to move forward in terms of establishing full and complete equality and a legitimate place for human identity outside the gendered societal structure (my particular problem with this being that the non-gendered identity cannot be a ‘gender identity’ and therefore by definition should not be clustered under a ‘gender’ banner – but one can argue over semantic issues at a later stage), my view is that ‘other’ does expressly indicate an identity that cannot be ultimately defined as ‘male’ or ‘female’ – and ‘other’ can incorporate non-gendered, bi-gendered and all of the self-defined variations of identity and expression  – most definitely, ‘other’  is my preferred choice over and above the dreaded “I’d rather not say” which sidesteps the issue of human identity outside the gendered societal structure.


The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered

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