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<entry-title>gender brainstorming</entry-title>

Just some loosely collected thoughts on how to represent gender.

sex and gender identity

Gender as seen in the gender-examples and gender-formats typically has two components, sex, which is a biological indicator, and gender identity, which is social/cultural/personal.

A simple proposal is to use a two-part property: 1) a small taxonomy for sex, and 2) a freeform field for gender, e.g.

  • sex: M(ale) F(emale) O(ther) N(one or Not applicable), or U(nknown)
  • gender-identity: string

gender property

A shorthand or compound property "gender" could be created to represent both, while leaving the freedom of personal expression.

A compound "gender" property could be used like this (using the "Dude" alternative gender label from Pownce/Digg in the gender-examples page).

<span class="gender">
 <span class="gender-identity">Dude</span>
 (<span class="sex">male</span>)

external brainstorms

see also