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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

Chapter 3 - Gender Binaries as Theological Problems

from Part I - Gender and Violence


In 2014 the social media platform Facebook introduced a growing list of gender categories, up to 71 at one point, which users could select and make public, including ‘asexual’, ‘polygender’, and ‘two-spirit person’. As I write (October 2017), the choice in the gender box is ‘male’, ‘female’, or ‘custom’. Selecting ‘custom’ enables any Facebook user to apply to themselves their preferred gender adjective, together with their preferred pronoun for use by other people when referring to them (he/his, she/her, or they/their).