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This is actually a really good resource for people who don’t understand what it means to be trans* in this society and the kind of discrimination you face. For anyone who want’s to take a look:
Websites that allow Other, trans* choice, or blank field to be selected for gender/sex option?
I was curious to know what social media and other types of websites allow one to choose Other, trans* options (genderqueer, FTM, MTF, TG, and so on), and/or to leave the gender or sex field blank are out there? Here are a few that I’ve found - please do let me know about any others:
DeviantArt: Allows ‘Other’ and ability to show or not show your selection on your profile
Flickr: Allows ‘Other’ or ‘I’d rather not say’ (the latter leaves the field blank on your profile)
Google+: Gender field. Allows ‘Other’ and one can toggle who can see your choice: anyone, extended circles, your circles, or only you
Wikipedia: If you are a Wikipedia contributor, you can utilize Userboxes (other language listings accessible on the left sidebar) on your profile, which allow for a great deal of gender, sex, and orientation description. See also here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:ISD/Userboxes/Sexuality#Gender_identity Some of the userboxes that have been made with English descriptions, many with images, include femme, boi, two-spirit, kathoey, hijra, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, androgynous, intersexual, bigender, trigender, pangender, third gender, “This user has no gender identity, nor a sexual orientation,” and “This user is still unsure about their gender identity.”
Queer-specific websites tend to allow for more options as well, such as dot429 (allows for MTF, FTM, Intersex, and Queer) and Laura’s Playground (gender selection includes androgyne, crossdresser, FTM, FT?, intersexed, MT?, transsexual, and transgender).
Some websites might have two options but allow you to not select either (such as Goodreads) or if there is a selection, it has little or no effect on one’s interactions on the site, such as Raptr and Livejournal, which allows Unspecified/Other, but it doesn’t display anywhere, to my knowledge.
‘Other’, the predominant alternative selection on social media sites, can be, well, othering but it is a step in the right direction. It is also worth noting that there have been are a few work-arounds out there that can create more options, such as Facebook: Gender Neutral (video showing how to use Firebug to hide gender on your profile and have posts refer to you with “they/them/their”) OkChoices (script for OkCupid giving additional options for gender, orientation, and status).
Since I posted about Breaking Dawn being pro-choice (kinda), I figured I’d link you guys to some less pro Breaking Dawn sites that talk about the romanticizing of the abuse and life threatening child birth that Bella goes through.
For anyone who wants more information on herpes:
Awesome, informative article on the differences between HSV-1 and HSV-2 and how both can affect you
Another pretty good website about the different types of herpes
Really good comprehensive website
Thank you very much! I want to make sure that no one is alienated or feels un-included from this tumblr. I am just one person so it is difficult to show every perspective of sex-positive sex education. For anyone interested in the site mentioned, here is the homepage for sexperieceUK http://sexperienceuk.channel4.com/
why bonjour, Power Pussy :D
i’m in the process of becoming a moderator on itsjustaperiod.tumblr.com, a feminist-friendly blog dedicated to menstruation education. the blog has a small following so far, but we’re trying to get the word out about this great little period blog.
…i guess you could just call us the Menarche Mythbusters! :D
anyway, please check us out @ itsjustaperiod.tumblr.com.
Sex Education Links
Scarleteen is an amazing site that actually is one of the things that got me interested in sex education. It is a sex positive sex education website, which means they talk to you honestly about sex and sexual orientation. You can even submit your own stories, or you can browse other peoples contributions. It’s a great site that anyone of any age can benefit from.
I am a huge supporter of Planned Parenthood, especially with all of the funding cuts it’s received of late. It is a great place where you can get tested, receive birth control and counseling for pregnancy. They are really accepting and by far the best experience I’ve had with a doctor.
Tristan Taormino’s an amazing sex educator, pornographer, writer and speaker. She’s pretty much world-renowned for being awesome. This is her official website. You get information on her books (the majority of which are instructional on different types of sex), when and where she will be speaking (she may be coming to a campus near you!), as well as personal (x rated) stories. Like I said, she is a part of the sex industry so if you’re not comfortable you might not want to look at it. She does offer a lot of insight however, so if you are okay with a little hanky-panky, give her a look.