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Re: adding gender field on debian developer's database (from debian-devel)


On Tue, 02 Aug 2005 11:56:27 +1200
Penny Leach <penny@wadda.org> wrote:

> on 2/8/05 11:45 AM Miriam Ruiz said the following:
> | I totally agree with Don. There are differences between the meaning of
> the | words "sex" and "gender", and you will be able to find quite a lot of
> | bibliography on that if you want. In case it is added to the database,
> I'd | find it much better to add a "gender" field. Anyway, I'm not sure
> that it | would be neccesary at all, or even a good idea. In any case, if
> it was | implemented, I think it should be optional to fill.
> +1 for (optional) Gender.

  -1 for being irrelevant from Debian's point of view.
> Sex is problematic for a number of people, in-transition transsexuals,
> transgenders, etc. In any case, Gender is usually the established
> politically correct way to pose the question.  I absolutely agree it
> should be optional and is probably unnecessary in the first place.

  That "problem" arises from the usual set of limited choices.
  If implemented that should be a free text field, which could lead to
interesting statistics about gender in Debian, for example (integer
  50% male 5% female 20% unknown 15% undefined 5% vulcanian 3% none 2% jedi

  (Of course that's a fictional statistic, everybody knows jedi and
vulcanian percentages are a lot higher among DDs :-)
  Ricardo Mones Lastra - mones@aic.uniovi.es
  Centro de Inteligencia Artificial, Universidad de Oviedo en Gijon
  33271 Asturias, SPAIN. - http://www.aic.uniovi.es/mones

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