Facebook Adds “Two Spirit” as a Gender Option

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Facebook has added 56 other gender options besides male and female for the politically correct mentally ill. And if you think I’m being too harsh, let me skip to the 56th option.

“Two-Spirit”

Yes, Two-Spirit. Because science proves that some people have two spirits inside them.

I rest my case.

There’s “Agender, Androgyne and Androgynous.” To clear that up, “Androgynes may possess traits that are simultaneously feminine and masculine, or neither.” That’s also the definition of Androgynous.

“Agender is a term that describes people who lack a gender.” This is different from “Neither”, “Neutrois”, “Non-Binary”, “Gender Fluid”, “Gender Nonconforming”,”Gender Questioning” and “Gender Variant.” Not to mention “Pangender” and “Transsexual”.

The politically correct mentally ill also get to choose from “Transsexual Female”, “Transsexual Woman”, “Transsexual Male”, “Transsexual Man”, “Transfeminine”, “Trans”, “Trans*”, “Trans Female”, “Trans* Female”, “Trans Male”, “Trans* Male”, “Trans Man”, “Trans* Man”, “Trans Person”, “Trans* Person”, “Trans Woman”, “Trans* Woman”.

“Trans Former” may or may not be a future option.

And for those who really can’t make up their mind, there’s always “Other”.

Just going with “Other” would have saved a whole lot of space, but just imagine what your next census form will look like.

The simplest way to break this down would be, “Male”, “Female”, “Don’t Know What the Hell I Am, Someone Please Enable My Mental Illness and Pretend It’s an Identity.”

It’s a bit long but it covers everything.

 

  • mendezjb

    How dare facebook not allow me to set my own custom gender without picking from their narrowminded h8tfull paradigm

    • laura r

      just saw this comment. guess we are on the same page. i want the freedom too, to blend together, find my own way. but @ the end of the day “what difference does it make”?

  • Anukem Jihadi

    There is a kind of method to the madness here I think. This is not just political correctness gone crazy. Well it is but deliberately so.
    Gender distinctions get rendered as optional preferences and since no one option can be said to be more valid than the rest – they are all equally as meaningless as say “trans person”.
    Why would they want to do that?

    • unionville

      The critical theorists among us have to create that new social order. And the gender confused are very willing “useful idiots”.

      • Anukem Jihadi

        how to deal with antiquated biological gender markers though?
        http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/the-fight-for-three-parents/3188260117001

        When everything important to individuals is subjective the important objective distinctions can be left to bureaucrats.

        • unionville

          Scary stuff. This is all part and parcel of the child eventually becoming the property of the state. George Bernard Shaw’s “The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism” is a frightening book to read on this subject.

          • Anukem Jihadi

            Proponents of collectivism are nothing if not consistent. I think probably they have been since Plato’s Republic although to my mind the Spartans had already provided a working and efficient military model for his philosopher regime.

            http://youtu.be/FHPI1emZFVg?t=3m16s

    • pupsncats

      Because its fun to be insane. And its fun to goat the serious minded who know that disregarding reality has serious consequences while the insane do not.

      • laura r

        it also gives the media more things to yap about. more bathroom options in colleges. more protests, more law suits. gee, isnt it great not to be staving?

  • glpage

    That list sounds like it was generated by The Department of Redundancy Department.

    • BS77

      Yes, let’s eschew obfuscation…..so what are we now???…how about everyone call themselves a HUMAN BEING….that’s refreshing.

      • nik

        It would be nice, expect people get treated differently based on their sexual orientation,race, class and gender so unfortunately your oversimplification of how people should identify misses some pretty important details.

  • laura r

    wow thats sure customized. can i merge a few together & come up w/my own gender? we need to be creative about this. leave it to mark zuckerburg to think up that one. since facebook shapes peoples lives, this could be the next big thing. panel discussions, talk shows, TV commercials later. the possibliities are endless. between this & race distinctions, we may be back to indivuality after all. LR

  • vastra776

    Your headline and subsequent comment “Because science proves that some people have two spirits inside them.” are reductive and uninformed. You should look up the long history of two-spirits as an important part of Native American cultures in up to 130 communities. LMGTFY; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-Spirit and http://twospirits.org/.

    In regards to the rest of the article, sure, many of the options seem repetitive. Gender is a complicated and fluid thing, and it would have made sense for Facebook to provide a space for people to identify themselves however they choose instead of attempting to enumerate their options. However, your tone is cruel, ignorant, and deeply in need of more empathy and education than I could possibly impart over the internet.

    • Judahlevi

      Oh, please…

      This person lives in fantasyland. To actually argue that people have a right to define their gender with ridiculous terms and then call others “cruel and ignorant” is absurd. Isn’t calling names “cruel and ignorant” as well?

      I think so.

      The left has become a clown show as demonstrated by this individual. They actually believe people have the RIGHT to not be offended. No one has that right and, if anything, people in the country need to develop less sensitivity, not more.

      Time to grow up and face reality.

      • vastra776

        I do believe you have a third option though, which is to treat people who have beliefs that are different from yours with some empathy and respect. You know, like a human being. I could make equally disparaging remarks about their religion identifying section. “Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Episcopal, Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist, Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, Buddhist, Zen, Shi’ite, Sunni? What a load of crap. Who cares about the difference between Anglican and Episcopalian? Who’s deluded themselves into thinking that Orthodox and Conservative mean different things? Why don’t they just put a box saying “I am an idiot who believes a demonstrably cruel incomprehensible presence in the sky has a personal interest in what happens to me and my football team? It would take up a lot less space” But I don’t make those remarks seriously, because I’ve come to understand that people find meaning and happiness in life in ways that seem ridiculous and silly to me. I may not agree with you, but I can’t imagine how it hurts me to try and treat you with a little respect and kindness. Also, for everything except gay rights and abortion I’m a conservative.

        • Judahlevi

          It is not “respect and kindness” when you call the author of the article “cruel and ignorant” simply because you don’t agree with him. Calling names is not respectful of anyone.

          You obviously have issues with religious people, but can’t see your own intolerance because you are so busy looking at others. Your judgmentalism may take you another direction, but you are just as judgmental and uninformed as you claim the author is.

          • vastra776

            Please, tell me how I could have been more respectful of the author. He does not know the specifics of the identities he discusses. I don’t know another way to describe that other than ignorance. He makes mean jokes at their expense, with an insulting image and a reduction of legitimate identities into brainless confusion. I don’t know anything to call that other than cruel.

            Yes, personally, I am an atheist and I don’t understand religion. I admit that it was a struggle for me to accept that it is an important and necessary part of people’s lives, not an intellectual failing. But I worked through it, I talked to people, and now I understand why I shouldn’t tear down aspects of their faith that are important to them. Coming from a personally intolerant background, I learned to be more tolerant.

            The comments I made were a parody of the author’s, intended to illustrate how insulting and uninformed his article is. As I stated above, I would never seriously make those comments. Comparing the complicated and messy delineations of religion to gender identity seemed like a good shorthand for the audience.

          • vastra776

            Stepping back from that relatively small point, I would like to address your assertion that I believe people have a right to not be offended.

            That attitude is something that I also dislike about the modern left. Offense is how people communicate. It’s how people work through their differences and learn to understand each other better. Nothing is gained by discouraging people to express their true feelings and opinions.

            However, that right does not only apply to the author or to you, it applies to me. An unsupported or uninformed position deserves to be seriously challenged in a sober way. The specific points of the idea should be discussed, without resulting to personal attacks.

            Let’s summarize your arguments to see who is truly calling names and who is arguing logically.
            “fantasyland”:
            “absurd”
            “clown show”
            “believe people have the RIGHT to not be offended”
            “people in the country need to develop less sensitivity”
            “Time to grow up”
            Not respectful because I call him “cruel and ignorant” because I don’t agree with him
            “judgmental and uninformed”

            Those are fairly unsupported personal attacks that don’t seem to be grounded in what I actually said. You primarily challenge my comments with a cookie-cutter challenge of the mainstream liberalism that I do not support. Two of your arguments barely engage with what I actually wrote; the sensitivity comment and the claim that I am not respectful. I believe I have adequately rebuffed them. I challenge you to support your other comments.

      • Maggie Goscinski

        Why is it so important to you that people ‘grow up and face reality’? Are people who step outside the boundaries of previously conventional genders hurting you in any way? I have absolutely no problem with religion, I believe it is just as valuable to people’s happiness as being comfortable in their own skin is. But I feel that most religions teach a world-wide acceptance of people. It isn’t necessary to spew negative words at people (in large groups or personally). It doesn’t make the world any better a place, and it doesn’t make you a better person. And I don’t think that you can argue with that.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          “Are people who step outside the boundaries of previously conventional genders hurting you in any way?”

          Ask the girls who have to deal with men entering their bathroom.

          • laura r

            thats where we need to draw the line.

        • Judahlevi

          Of course it is important for people to face reality. Would you prefer they live in fantasyland?

          The reality is that no one is going to go through life without being offended. That anyone would believe that life could be all rainbows and butterflies is delusional and mentally unhealthy. Fragile minds crack under minor pressure.

          Learning to overcome life’s obstacles and challenges is much more constructive than thinking the world must cater to your unique sensitivities. A country of whiners is not healthy or productive. One sensitivity leads to 56 (and counting) more.

          And yes, anyone can argue with your opinion – or mine.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Gender is surprisingly simple. Mental illness however is complicated.

      • vastra776

        Could you elaborate? Perhaps with some studies showing that trans, androgynous or gender-nonconforming people live better, happier or more successful lives when they are treated as mentally ill?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Delusional people may or may not live happier lives. That doesn’t really go to the question of whether their self-definitions contradict reality or not.

          Also quite a few people with these issues commit suicide

      • twyst

        “Gender is the range of physical, biological, mental and behavioral characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity.”

        Physical/biological gender may be simple (even there we have more options than xx/xy, there is xxx, xyy, xxyy, xxxx, xxy and more), but mental and behavioral are far more complex. On a broad consensus, society has certain expectations of men and women regarding grooming, etiquette, etc, etc, and some people refuse to conform to these expectations. That’s hardly a delusion, my friend, that is self-awareness and self-acceptance.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          That’s as absurd as distinguishing between mental and physical race and claiming that a white man can be black if he thinks he’s black.

          • twyst

            I’m with you on that one. Distinguishing between physical races is absurd, yet it has led to mental distinctions as well, eg the term “wigger.”

          • Daniel Greenfield

            And yet Facebook doesn’t include a “Wigger” category and any attempt by a Wigger to get affirmative action would end badly.

            And gender is more clearly defined than race.

          • twyst

            Also, consider checking out the classic book “Black Like Me.”

        • Daniel Greenfield

          “On a broad consensus, society has certain expectations of men and women regarding grooming, etiquette, etc, etc, and some people refuse to conform to these expectations.”

          Eccentricity is not a gender.

          • twyst

            What if one’s eccentricity extends to a point where an uninformed observer would identify them as something other than their biologically “correct” gender?

  • vastra776

    Oh look, someone actually went to the bother of researching and defining what you instantly dismiss as being mentally ill. Knowledge is power, folks. http://techland.time.com/2014/02/14/a-comprehensive-guide-to-facebooks-new-options-for-gender-identity/

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I’m sure this required a lot of research

      “trans*: Trans*, with an asterisk, is used more as an “umbrella label” than trans. It is a blanket ambiguity that is intentionally vague and includes a gambit of gender identities.”

      • vastra776

        The writers at Techland did more research than you did, engaging an authority on the subject to provide insight they couldn’t. You didn’t even cite your sources. Are the distinctions sometimes silly? Sure, but so are hundreds of other ways that people define themselves. It doesn’t deserve your insulting graphic and accusations of mental illness. Any support for your claim other than the foreign character of these traits to you would be grand.

        Most of your arguments in comments seem to stem from your inability to think beyond physical sexual characteristics, or recognize the difference between sex and gender.

        Yes, all people are biologically male, female or intersex. Three categories. But there is no limitation that forces people to act exclusively masculine or feminine, or to match their behavior to their physical sex. That’s a primer on the difference between gender and sex.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          People can act any way they please so long as they don’t claim that changing their behavior allows them to change their gender or attempt to force others to recognize this delusion.

        • Softly Bob

          I’m glad that you’re a fan of research. I did my own research and there are only two genders – male and female. Now STFU!

      • Guest

        Are you moderating my comments out because you aren’t prepared to actually argue with them? P.S. You should really update your website, only one of your radio-TV links actually turns up something that references you. It makes you seem like a little bit of a joke.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I am not the moderator. Automatic comments moderation usually kicks in because of use of flagged terms

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I am not the moderator. Automatic comments moderation usually kicks in because of use of flagged terms

      • vastra776

        I’m confused. I post two rational, argumentative comments and they don’t get through moderation. Frustrated, I post something intentionally insulting to provoke you into letting it through. It gets through, and I delete it because I would rather not be intentionally insulting. Then it shows up as a Guest comment?

        My attempt to provide you a rational counterpoint instead of a straw man liberal pinko commie monster is pointless in a manipulated environment.

        As a sign-off, here are some links about well-adjusted, happy trans people and the harms of insulting, uninformed journalism. Educate yourself.

        http://www.autostraddle.com/dr-v-is-dead-caleb-hannan-is-celebrated-why-we-cant-accept-lazy-transmisogynistic-journalism-218408/

        http://www.salon.com/2014/01/07/laverne_cox_artfully_shuts_down_katie_courics_invasive_questions_about_transgender_people/

        http://www.autostraddle.com/video-laverne-cox-speaks-on-the-revolutionary-act-of-loving-trans-women-at-creating-change-2014/

        http://www.autostraddle.com/35-trans-women-i-had-herocrushes-on-in-2013-214427/

        http://www.autostraddle.com/its-transgender-day-of-remembrance-lets-celebrate-trans-lives-and-accomplishments-206386/

        http://www.autostraddle.com/lana-wachowski-trans-director-of-the-matrix-gives-touching-speech-that-will-probably-make-you-cry-done-148515/

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I didn’t see a whole lot of a rational counterpoint in your arguments which were mostly concerned with your emotional response to how cruel I was being.

        • Softly Bob

          Listen, when you’ve finished using up bandwidth with your deluded nonsense. There are two genders, male and female. End of story.
          You can give as many links as you like to pc bs claptrap but it doesn’t change reality. Now go back to your shrink and take your meds.

  • Ralonzo

    The two spirits inside me are named “bourbon” and “whiskey”

    • FrankS2

      Gin and vodka do it for me. In sufficient quantity I find they can make anyone effectively asexual.

      • Chavi Beck

        Shakespeare said it well (Macbeth)

        Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire but takes away the performance.

  • nik

    oh no! people get to actually represent themselves as they see fit on fb and it doesn’t fit in with my binary views of gender! I must show my outrage and ignorance in an article!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Binary gender isn’t a view, it’s a fact. You’re not entitled to your own reality.

      • nik

        People used to the say the same thing about sexuality and the inferiority of black people. But you, just like them, are entitled to your bigotry. The world will move on and evolve without you. Oh, but you probably don’t believe in evolution do you…

        • Daniel Greenfield

          They laughed at Einstein. They also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

          But I’m sure MLK would want equal rights for black people to be compared to men in dresses.

          • NIk

            The first part makes no sense. Absolutely non.
            And I’m not at all surprised you used MLK because he’s obviously the only black civil rights leader in history, right? He fought for civil rights by the way. Which included women’s rights and for his wife, gay rights. But you can’t be bothered to know all of that because all you have to do drop is his name as a cheap shot.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            They laughed at Einstein. They also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

            In this analogy, you and your cause might not be Einstein.

        • laura r

          stop playing the race card. cheap shot.

          • NIk

            People like you amuse me. You say things like the “race card” like it’s an actual thing because discussing race inequalities makes you uncomfortable.

      • twyst

        Binary gender is a consensus view, not a fact. Please google “intersex” for further education.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Biology is not a view.

          • twyst

            Actually, it is. Biology is another consensus view built up through ongoing research and labor. The scientific method is it’s perspective, which allows for it’s facts to be altered when proven necessary. So far you’ve not done any proving here.
            Especially considering the fact that biology acknowledges more than two genders.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            You’re confusing science with art.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Scientists don’t ask the subjects about their view(s) on gender.

  • Trapnel

    Probably pee your pants before you identify which cubicle to use. Imagine.

  • pupsncats

    A new Constitutional right had been secretly hidden but is now exposed. That right is to grant special rights and protection from sanity to the mentally deranged and disordered.

  • Faised

    While there is some redundancy to this, what’s the point of hating someone else for their privately-selected options on Facebook?
    It seems a pointless waste of energy.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Because this doesn’t stop at Facebook.

      • laura r

        mark zuckerburg has a saying: “we ASSUMED this would be the new normal”……..he knows he has a huge influence on people. scarey how people obey. even mark was surprised when strangers gave out personal information. i bet mark can create genders too.

  • laura r

    question: are we taking facebook too seriously? isnt this fun & trendy thing for facebook kids? looks like a way to attact more people to their social network.

  • gg

    My wife just found the solution to determining gender identity: “Pull down your pants and look:.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      PC brains are melting as they read your barbaric suggestion.

  • laura r

    what daniel dosnt see is that the gays are wired differenty. there biology is not the same. there for they dont feel the same. men can feel very feminine. women masculine. but as i said, all this gets too much airtime. lets save it for oprah.

    • DGCJ

      Sorry, but sexual orientation doesn’t have anything to do with gender. And, most homosexuals I know are extremely masculine. In fact, the norm in the gay male community is tons of body and facial hair. I appreciate your thoughts, but the stereotype that gay men are feminine has not fit with the realities I see everyday at my gay gym. Testosterone city…

  • rui valadares

    they forgot transformer

    • objectivefactsmatter

      As a post-op transformer, I’m offended and the lack of inclusivitiness.

  • Daniel Greenfield

    Biology is a fact. Identification is subjective at best. A man claiming to be a woman is deluded. A man pointing that out about the man is simply stating a fact.

    • DGCJ

      Biology is indeed a fact, and some humans are born with a brain that does not match their genitals, and we know it is biologically produced in the brain. All fetuses are female, until hormones make some develop into males.

  • DGCJ

    That’s great as long as you don’t expect us gay people to fund your abortions, or pay for the education of your children. Gay people pay far higher taxes than straights, especially in states where gay marriage isn’t legal, and yet heterosexuals are complaining because we want access to our health care we’ve PAID for? That’s illogical and hypocritical. Keep your legs together so I don’t have to pay for your kids or your abortion.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “That’s great as long as you don’t expect us gay people to fund your abortions, or pay for the education of your children.”

      But you’ll shut up about that and go along with the Marxist agenda like a good little boy anyway. You’re right about it though and you should not have to pay for abortions.

  • Daniel Greenfield

    It’s not about Facebook. It’s about people forcibly imposing their private realities on everyone else.