Correct me if I'm wrong, but is having 'Transgender' as an option on the queston 'What is your gender identity' like having the option 'Bus' as an option on the question 'Where are you going today?'

@Vordus i cant tell if this is a legitimately funny post or if my sleep deprivation is making me think its funny

@Vordus "where're you going today?"


"where you going on the bus?"


@Vordus its also literally what our conversations are like when one of us is really snoozy

@Vordus Not only is it absolutely correct, it's the best analogy for it I've ever seen.

@owashii @Vordus i also saw a really good one recently where someone on twitter made a poll asking, "what's your favourite soft drink", and the 3 options were Coke, Pepsi and Diet.

@Vordus waiting four years at the bus stop so I can finally go to bus

@Vordus idk there are legit some people excitedly saying "I'm on a boat!" ok where u goin "no look a boat!" sure but it's there some sweet exotic island or something "probably but boat!"

and who am I to argue? in fact I've got to give a person props who is never finished with improving themselves.

@Vordus yes it's just as descriptive, but the importance of the option depends on the context of the question. sometimes the distinction is important (although normally you would at least seperate into trans man and trans woman at least). even personally the distinction is important to me. id hate for people to think im cis unless im in danger as a direct repercussion of being trans and even then its under duress so take that with a grain of salt.

@Vordus Totally agreed.

As a social scientist who does *not* usually focus on gender in my research, I usually use "Man, Woman, Nonbinary, Other _____."

If I were researching gender issues generally, or of course if researching trans issues specifically, I'd go finer grain (and oversample the trans population).

@Vordus Or like going to a restaurant, sitting down, reviewing the menu, and answering the server's question of "What would you like today?" with "Food."

@Vordus it'd fit in a "select all that apply" question. For some, "transgender", "nonbinary" and "male" might apply, while some would pick one or two of them.

@Vordus it's fine if it's possible to select multiple boxes

like this (example for me):

( ) Male
(X) Female
(X) Nonbinary
(X) Transgender
( ) [write-in field]

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