[DWJ] Sex/gender

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sat Apr 21 13:04:26 EDT 2007

On Apr 21, 2007, at 10:47 AM, Minnow wrote:

> None of these institutions is interested in gender differentiation of 
> any
> meaningful sort, they merely want for whatever reason good or bad to 
> know
> whether the person filling in the form is male or female by the 
> generally
> accepted criteria -- ie whether they have male or female genitalia.  
> They
> want the answer to an either/or question.

My sister took a course on Oracle, a database system.  The instructor
was pointing out the danger of assuming that a variable is either/or
and informed them of this wonderful fact:

The New York State Department of Corrections has 26 possible
values for gender.


There are 10 kinds of people in the world:
those who understand binary and those who don't.

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