Whether a Jaffa Cake is a cake or biscuit has been an interesting debate for years. What this tells us about our language vs. our viewpoint and philosophy has been applied to gender identity in this interesting article.
It's a great reminder not to be a slave to a label, or indeed the convention of a label.
If you collect equal opportunity data of your workforce, do you just ask for 'gender' as male or female - or other other options too?
It may be time to update your terminology to be truely inclusive.
people have not been free to choose their gender, and have been restricted to being described as either male or female.More and more discoveries in science are undermining this binary mapping. It used to be thought that men were defined by their having a Y chromosome. Now we know that whether an embryo develops as a male depends upon a single gene: the SRY gene. It's possible for a person with XY chromosomes to have the appearance of a woman if they are lacking this gene. There are many genes at play when it comes to the male versus female development. Genetics, hormones, chromosomes can all combine to complicate a complicated picture. As a result, says Dr Helen O'Neill, geneticist, University College London, "I think we should revise our definitions of male and female, there are many gradations in between".