Sunday 4 December 2016

Asexual, bigender, transexual or cis, can't we all just be kind to each other?

Promoter Frank Maloney stunned the boxing world by changing sex, but he's still the same person

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

Frank Maloney has announced his retirement from all professional boxing after more than 30 years in the sport as a manager and promoter
Frank Maloney has announced his retirement from all professional boxing after more than 30 years in the sport as a manager and promoter

Are you "asexual" (have no gender), "bigender" (switching between both genders), "genderqueer" (a gender other than man or woman) or "two-spirit" (mixed gender roles found among Native Americans)? asks Facebook.

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If none of those ticks your box, fear not. Facebook offers 50 "custom gender options", which - it might be a relief to you - include those with which you probably identify, which are termed by politically-correct Facebook as "Cis Female" or "Cis Male".

Now, for those of you who don't keep up with gender politics, you need to know that "Cis" means that your "gender matches the behaviour considered appropriate for one's sex". Some transsexuals (which Facebook defines as "a subset of transgender, and refers generally to people who identify as a sex other than that they were assigned at birth") use it as a term of abuse, but I'll get back to that later.

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