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Bug 33343 - Binary Gender
Binary Gender
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low normal (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2011-12-23 01:22 UTC by Michael Altfield
Modified: 2014-01-04 09:29 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Michael Altfield 2011-12-23 01:22:13 UTC
Moving from a gender neutral system to a gender binary system is a step backwards. If you're going to require someone enter a gender, you must support *all* genders.

At least, include the following options:

1) male
2) female
3) transgender
4) agender
5) bigender

Please read
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2011-12-23 17:37:32 UTC
This is for grammatical genders, which depends on the language, and is for choosing appropriate grammatical forms: pronouns (as in English), adjective and noun agreement (as in Romance and Germanic languages), verb agreement (as in Semitic languages), etc.

For English this gives a trinary system, currently labeled as 'male' (usually goes with "he"/"him"/"his"), 'female' (usually goes with "she/her/her"), and 'undisclosed' (probably tends to "they/them/their" though I haven't checked lately). These won't come up all that often for English, relatively.

In other languages, there may be different choices, and the actual results of choosing a gender will be more far-reaching (eg appropriate grammatical forms for the 'User:' namespace).

I suspect better labeling would be appropriate, but I'm not sure what additional options would actually accomplish in English specifically.
Comment 2 Mark A. Hershberger 2011-12-24 16:27:32 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)

> I suspect better labeling would be appropriate, but I'm not sure what
> additional options would actually accomplish in English specifically.

Marking low priority.  Since this is for grammar, we would have to start using [[Gender neutral pronouns]] for English, at least.  I like them, but their usage isn't standard.  Implementing this would result in a lot of confusion.
Comment 3 Niklas Laxström 2012-01-16 16:44:57 UTC
Marking invalid. We can't change languages. This is not about the gender identity, it is about grammar in different languages. And it's not required either.

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