The gender binary will not be deprogrammed: Ten years of coding gender on Facebook

@article{Bivens2017TheGB,
  title={The gender binary will not be deprogrammed: Ten years of coding gender on Facebook},
  author={Rena Bivens},
  journal={New Media & Society},
  year={2017},
  volume={19},
  pages={880-898}
}
A February 2014 iteration of Facebook’s software upgraded the number of options for gender identification from 2 to 58. Drawing on critical theoretical approaches to technology, queer theory, and insights from science and technology studies, this iteration is situated within a 10-year history of software and user modifications that pivot around gender. I argue that the gender binary has regulated Facebook’s design strategy while the co-existence of binary and non-binary affordances has enabled… CONTINUE READING
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