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Signal boost.

LJ is planning to make the "gender" field mandatory on account creation, and to remove the "unspecified" option. Which means that, starting soon, LJ users get to be either Male or Female, with no ability to opt out of the choice altogether.

If you are trans/genderqueer, or have trans/genderqueer friends, or think the concerns of trans/genderqueer people are more important than LJ's desire to better target its ads...follow the link for easy ways to register your displeasure with LJ.

And as usual, if anyone wants 'em, I have Dreamwidth invites to hand out.

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shanejayell
Dec. 15th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
*switches gender to unspecified in solidarity*
sailorptah
Dec. 15th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Good call. *follows suit*
shanejayell
Dec. 15th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Besides, it hampers LJ's ability to sell me crap.
sirdrakesheir
Dec. 15th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Fucking LJ do they even understand their customer base anymore.
aybara_max
Dec. 15th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
*headdesk does not even begin to describe it...*
gaiafaye
Dec. 15th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
I used to have my gender specified but it was my own choice. =\ It really shouldn't be any of LJ's (or their advertisers') business.

Not to mention, woo hoo, more advertising bs. Boy howdy, do I love it.
dumas1
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... that's odd. I just checked and it looks like I just forgot to set my gender tickbox thingy. Nusuth.

If you're wondering who I am, I go by Athos at the Shine forums. Well, when I'm not lurking.
farfallacaqui
Mar. 21st, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
I haven't been using LJ in a long time for many reasons (in fact, I quit using my real journal over two years ago and this is just my fandom name that I used to post some stories on a community) but this just adds to my general discomfort with the way they do things. My spouse is on the FtM spectrum and I am very protective. Why in the world would they get rid of 'unspecified'? Is it costing them money or something? Sheesh.

Anyway, this is Farfalla who just left the complimentary feedback on Feathers on your other journal -- I was knocked over at your creativity. Very impressed.
sailorptah
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Targeted ads, most likely. Hard to gender-target your ads to a person who hasn't set a gender.

Thanks for the feedback =) You want a Dreamwidth invite? Fandom action, no more anonymous commenting (although you could also sign in with OpenID), and all the "unspecified" options you like.
farfallacaqui
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure what my participation in fandom is at this point -- I was heavily into K/S for about six years, even running several websites and (blush) was a kinda popular writer, but I've been sort of, well, hiding for the past two years or so because all the responsibilities got to be too much for me once my full-time job evolved from a desk position into something more. I still read fanfic, though...

How does OpenID work? I saw other people using their lj name to comment on your Dream thing, and I didn't know how to get it to do that.
sailorptah
Mar. 24th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Ah, work. The bane of us all.

Just go here and follow the directions - it's pretty straightforward =)
farfallacaqui
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
I used to be dreamplum on LJ, by the way. If you're curious.
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