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UK Facebook users can now pick from over 70 gender options

Facebook announced today that its UK users will be allowed to choose from over 70 different gender options when inputting their profile information. Under the ‘custom’ category, UK users can now select options such as ‘androgynous’, ‘cis male’, or ‘trans female’. There are also UK-specific terms, including ‘intersex man’, ‘asexual’ and ‘hermaphrodite’. The super inclusive move comes after the US …

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Sadie HaleUK Facebook users can now pick from over 70 gender options

Girls and Gadgets: women read the instruction booklet

Yes they do – it’s statistically proven. Consequently they are slightly better at using the aforementioned gadgets. This is such universally-accepted truth that the story was carried on the BBC.

After reviewing 75000 calls taken in a month between September 25 and October 23, a UK gadget helpline released information about who called it, what was wrong and why. The service found that 64% of its male callers and 24% of its female callers had not read the instruction manual before ringing up.

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Anna LeachGirls and Gadgets: women read the instruction booklet

Are Apple ripping off women?

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Shiny Towers is awash with Apple opinions this week, folks. If it’s not data charges for the iPhone, it’s whether anyone actually needs 160GB of storage. And I heard an interesting one today: Apple hates women. Or specifically, they’re aiming to rip off innocent young ladies. Ridiculous? Certainly. A grain of truth? Possibly.

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Susi WeaserAre Apple ripping off women?

Science Monday: flick of the switch causes female mice to spontaneously forget anniversaries

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Nature versus nurture has been a science lesson staple for many, many years. In particular, the question of differences between genders – men generally being more aggressive, women finding it easier to empathise (nothing like a bit of stereotyping on a Monday afternoon). Is it biological, or a result of boys not being allowed to play with Barbies? Now, scientists have found a way to change female mice behaviour from nesting and nurturing to (in the words of the Daily Telegraph) “aggressive, pelvic-thrusting masculine lotharios”. In fact, that photo is of a female mouse trying to mount another female mouse, having abandoned her ironing pile.

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Susi WeaserScience Monday: flick of the switch causes female mice to spontaneously forget anniversaries

iPhone aftermath: Do girls queue ?

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Mulling over the launch on my way back across the Atlantic, it struck me again the gender imbalance in the queue. As I wrote last week, my estimates were that only about 1 in 5 queuers were women, and there were very few of these who were without a male escort. So, are women not excited about the iPhone? Are we not queuers? Or does New York just not have very many women?

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Susi WeaseriPhone aftermath: Do girls queue ?