Facebook Finally Stops Trying to Restrict What Gender You Can Choose

By Adam Clark Estes on at

A little over a year ago, Facebook finally did away with its highly restrictive gender options. (It was male, female, or nothing.) But instead of being open-ended, the social network would still only let you choose from among a list of 56 options. Now, after catching some flak, Facebook is finally offering infinite options. You can type whatever you want into the gender field.

The change is almost hard to notice. When you go to your profile and edit your gender, you used to get a drop-down menu of options when you started to type into the field. Now, you still get that, but your choice doesn't have to conform to the dropdown menu. This is pretty much exactly what Google+ did months ago.

Facebook Finally Stops Trying To Restrict What Gender You Can Choose

Better a decade late than never. Although, apparently, the option is only available to a small number of users right now. It's unclear why. [AP]