This page documents how people currently publish gender information on the web (sometimes implicitly - so not easily machine parsable - such as names (Andrew, Andrea), titles (Mr, Mrs, Miss), relationships (husband, brother), pronouns (he, she), etc.)), and what gender terms are supported by current web user interfaces. This research will hopefully be useful to the genealogy microformat effort, as well as efforts to extend vCard, and therefore hCard.
These examples are based on two primary sources of real world web site usage (e.g. on social network sites)
- user interfaces for editing (and displaying) user profile information
- user interfaces for doing faceted (field-based) search based on value(s) of a gender (or sex) field.
sites and services
Social network sites typically publish the gender of the individual.
Sites and services that allow users to enter and publish their gender. Please add to this list.
In alphabetical order:
- Bagcheck chose to ask which pronoun you want to use:
- Preferred Possessive Pronoun: ( )Her ( )His ( )Their
- Crusher's Edit My Account(requires login) page combines gender and person vs organization distinction in an interesting type picker among girl, boy, band, or other with a field.
- Type: ( ) Girl ( ) Boy ( ) Band ( ) Other: [______]
- Canada Council for the Arts (need citation to specific sign-up form URL) - according to Heather Gold:
- Digg's About Me settings page(requires login) has a Gender popup that appears to be inspired by Pownce's list:
- Guy, Girl, Dude, Lady, Fellow, Bird, Chap, grrrl, Gentleman, Damsel, Male, Female, Transgender, None of the Above
- eHarmony: "Woman" or "Man"
- gay.com: "Male", "Female", "MTF" and "FTM".
- LiveJournal's Edit Profile(requires login) page provides a popup menu for gender with the values in order:
- (Unspecified), Male, Female
- Ma.gnolia's Edit Your Profile on Ma.gnolia(requires login) page provides a popup menu for gender with the values in order:
- Female, Male, Other
- Cortex histogrammed metafilter's 10-year-old free-form gender field- data dump
- The first entry is blank/null fields; the difference between that and "total records" is the number of people who have put anything at all in the field: 9,325 mefites have as of a few minutes ago put something in that field. Reckoning from the previous note, that means that something like 17-18% of users have actually elected to put something in that field at some point in their membership here.
- Of the folks who have something in that field, just over 60% use one of the top four options: "male", "female", "m", or "f".
- Of the top dozen or so unambiguous labels provided, male-identifying terms (male, m, dude, xy, boy, guy, man, mail) account for about 49% of total labels used; female-identifying terms (female, f, lady, girl, xx, femme, chick) account for about 18%.
- OKCupid - "I'm male" and "I'm female"
- This has led to a change.org petition: Ensure that all OkCupid users are able to comfortably identify their gender and sexual orientation!
- OpenID's Attribute Exchange includes gender
- POF: "Male" or "Female"
- Pownce's Profile Settings(requires login) interface has a Gender popup with the following values in order:
- Guy, Girl, Dude, Chicky-poo, Bloke, Bird, Lady, Gentleman, Male, Female, Transgender, None of the Above
- XKCD used 'do you have a Y chromosome?' as they were studying colour blindness
- Because gender isn't binary
- Social networking sites & gender identity
- Survey best practices on meta.wikimedia.org