How To Complicate Things

Make things complicated

I recently had an interesting experience.

If you are like me, you are not that keen on filling out forms.

I don’t know about you, I like to keep things simple.

I was filling this form out on-line to join an app program.

In the past, most forms give you a simple choice on gender – male or female.

Then, another term was introduced: Other.

This form I was filling out blew me away.

Here are the choices I was presented with relating to Gender:

  • Female
  • Male
  • Transgender
  • Gender Neutral
  • Non-binary
  • Agender
  • Pangender
  • Two-spirit
  • Third Gender
  • Transgender male
  • Transgender Female
  • Other

Then there are two other terms that appeared as I was searching the meaning of some of the above: Genderqueer and trigender.

Kind of funny when you have to go and look up what a term means :-).

I’m staggered we can take two terms (male and female) and turn them into fourteen terms.

There’s a saying: over analysis leads to paralysis.

On a form, does it really matter?

Are people becoming too obsessed with how they want to be identified?

I’m all for a person being happy with how they identify themselves.

What I know is, life operates best when things are kept simple …

Even if you see yourself as different.

Let’s keep life simple.

You’ve got this.