“Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. And between the two my life flows.”
― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Spiritual seekers of the non-dualist persuasion, whether they like it, already know that when it comes to spiritual practice, gender binaries are whack attack. Yes, labels help us navigate the sea of psychosis that is socialization. But, when you get right down to it, State-sanctioned gender identities (and other culturally-defined social distinctions) really have no baring on a person’s ability to achieve “realization”*.
Apparently, Facebook agrees! Now, when you choose a gender preference on Facebook, you can actually choose a “preference.” Check out these new options in the gender drop-down menu:
From the wonderful Geekosystem:
“Facebook [is] supplying a ‘custom’ gender option that allows you to fill in one of 50 different labels, from trans to cis and everything in between…. So, if you prefer ‘gender fluid’ and your friend prefers ‘gender nonconforming,’ you’ll both be able to use your own label, because they’re totally both in there.”
Thank you, Facebook, for finding time to be both lame and awesome. Not that I’m into binaries or anything.
* It should be noted, however, that having access to spiritual practices can be very much determined by social labels and their associated stigmas. This is why I am of the belief that asking people who have been identified as “other” their entire life (i.e. people of color, transgender people, little people, women) to “leave all those labels behind and get over it,” is a pretty douchey position to take.