gender brainstorming

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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>)


Gender could be represented with a genealogical microformat, but that seems like overkill.


You could use tags/categories to tag people's hCards with their gender, "male", "female", or any other tag you feel is appropriate. See gender identity for more on the topic.

See also vCard suggestions.

external brainstorms

see also