Why Do We Have to Enter Gender at All?

Apparently some people are celebrating Google’s inclusion of “other” as a gender option when joining Google+.  I had the opposite reaction (outrage) when I joined not because of the choices that they offered, but because they made me choose one to join.  For some reason your name and gender, even if you’re “other”, are the only two things that are required when joining Google+.  I don’t know why Google decided that a gender was so important to joining their social network.  I was actually a big fan of the fact that Facebook just lets you leave it blank so it doesn’t appear on your profile.  More power to the kids for embracing the term “other” I suppose.

Also, why does the NYT insist on continually including transgender issues in the Fashion and Style section?

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