LunchPress #22: Smarter ways to ask about gender in forms and …

LunchPress #22 Being inclusive when asking for gender in surveys and forms*don't worry HD kicks in at about 30 seconds*I am referring to gender, not sex. Sex requirements on a form would be for medical purposes. This was a thread in a Facebook group I’m on, but something I teach my first year web development students about.Why this matters:Male, Female, Other – no one wants to be an ‘other’.Those that are working through their identity are already battling daily issues, this adds to itYou are asking for someone’s feedback, but can’t be bothered to know about their identityBest way to go about it:Ask is this information important?Research your technology options and look for one with the most inputs and methods of displaying resultsRead Sam Killermann “It’s Pronounced Metrosexual”Best answer is:I identify my gender as…__________ (fill in the blank)If you don’t need it, tryI identify my gender as…[] Man[] Woman[] Trans*[] __________ (fill in the blank)[] Prefer not to disclose"But now I can’t go through the data easily because everyone types something different":I ask – do you not put an ‘other’ options in lists or a ‘comment’s section for you to read? Is not the purpose of a form or survey to glean important data? Then why is this an issue for gender but not all the other inputs you have in your form?

Posted by Eraserheader Design on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LunchPress #22 Being Inclusive When Asking For Gender In Surveys And Forms

*don’t worry HD kicks in at about 30 seconds*

I am referring to gender, not sex. Sex requirements on a form would be for medical purposes. This was a thread in a Facebook group I’m on, but something I teach my first year web development students about.

Why this matters:

  • Male, Female, Other – no one wants to be an ‘other’.
  • Those that are working through their identity are already battling daily issues, this adds to it
  • You are asking for someone’s feedback, but can’t be bothered to know about their identity

Best way to go about it:

Best answer is:
I identify my gender as…
__________ (fill in the blank)

If you don’t need it, try

I identify my gender as…
[] Man
[] Woman
[] Trans*
[] __________ (fill in the blank)
[] Prefer not to disclose

“But now I can’t go through the data easily because everyone types something different”:

I ask – do you not put an ‘other’ options in lists or a ‘comment’s section for you to read? Is not the purpose of a form or survey to glean important data? Then why is this an issue for gender but not all the other inputs you have in your form?

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