Students at Harvard were aghast when a new dating app only offered two gender options for its users: male and female. The app, designed to make Valentine's Day more romantic for the students, was promptly condemned by 26 members of the Undergraduate Council.
The Harvard Crimson reported:
Datamatch, a matchmaking algorithm created by the Harvard Computer Society for Valentine’s Day, forced students to choose “male” or “female” without offering options for genderqueer or gender non-conforming students. The algorithm’s website this year, however, allowed students to elaborate on their gender identity in a text box, but only after selecting one of the two genders provided.
Evidently, there were issues trying to figure out a way to include the many genders now popularly identified. For example, fifty-eight genders are now listed as options on Facebook. ABC News did a little digging and found these options currently offered:
Agender, Androgyne, Androgynous, Bigender, Cis, Cisgender, Cis Female, Cis Male, Cis Man, Cis Woman, Cisgender Female, Cisgender Male, Cisgender Man, Cisgender Woman, Female to Male, FTM, Gender Fluid, Gender Nonconforming, Gender Questioning, Gender Variant, Genderqueer, Intersex, Male to Female,, MTF, Neither, Neutrois, Non-binary, Other, Pangender, Trans, Trans*, Trans Female, Trans* Female, Trans Male, Trans* Male, Trans Man, Trans* Man, Trans Person, Trans* Person, Trans Woman, Trans* Woman, Transfeminine, Transgender, Transgender Female, Transgender Male, Transgender Man, Transgender Person, Transgender Woman, Transmasculine, Transsexual, Transsexual Female, Transsexual Male, Transsexual Man, Transsexual Person, Transsexual Woman, and Two-Spirit.
“We acknowledge that the Datamatch team has put in a great deal of work to crafting this event, and we understand that there are technical difficulties which have, in part, led to this situation,” the letter reads. “However, we believe that the values of this College are important enough to merit full attention, and urge Datamatch to take the necessary steps to ensure that this never happens again.”
Hey, maybe the students at the Harvard Computer Society are the last remaining students who haven't been brainwashed by political correctness into disbelieving science! It's possible, right?
Not so fast. Javier Cuan-Martinez, on behalf of the Harvard Computer Society, claimed responsibility for "the exclusion that we have created on campus."
But the only thing they're excluding is common sense.