Tag Archive | gender neutral

British court rules out gender neutral passports

British court rules out gender neutral passports

A British court on Tuesday ruled out adding a third option on passports, for people who define themselves as neither male nor female, following a lengthy legal battle, saying the existing policy was lawful. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office, or interior ministry, in a case brought by Christie Elan-Cane, […]

Barbie toymaker Mattel creates gender-neutral dolls

Barbie toymaker Mattel creates gender-neutral dolls

The toymaker behind Barbie launched a range of gender-neutral dolls on Wednesday, which can be styled as either girls or boys, saying children were moving away from traditional stereotypes. Mattel’s ‘Creatable World’ dolls come with removable wigs, allowing them to switch between long and short hair, as well as outfits including both dresses and trousers, […]

‘Sexist’ virtual assistants go gender-neutral

‘Sexist’ virtual assistants go gender-neutral

Barking orders at a digital device that responds in a woman’s voice can reinforce sexist stereotypes, according to academics and creatives, who launched the first gender-neutral artificial intelligence voice on Monday. Responding to such concerns, a Denmark-based team has created a voice nicknamed Q, that was presented at the South by Southwest (SXSW) creative festival […]

Paloma Faith: I’m raising my child gender-neutral to avoid stereotypes

Paloma Faith: I’m raising my child gender-neutral to avoid stereotypes

British singer Paloma Faith said she is raising her child gender neutral to avoid damaging stereotypes, as she threw her weight behind a campaign for girls’ equality on Wednesday. Faith, who has refused to make public the sex of her one-year-old, said she encountered gender expectations “all the time” but hoped to give her child […]

New York: Genderless clothes store breaks new ground

New York: Genderless clothes store breaks new ground

Caitlin Helms was shopping with her mother in downtown New York when a sign in a store window stopped them in their tracks: “The world’s first gender-free store”. The pitch struck a chord with Helms, who said she had been blurring gender lines with her choice of clothes since age 13. “It’s nice to have […]

Sweden Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronoun ‘Hen’ Into Dictionary

Sweden Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronoun ‘Hen’ Into Dictionary

In a testament – albeit controversially so – to Sweden’s liberal society, the Swedish language is set to introduce a gender-neutral pronoun into its official national dictionary from April 2015. While the Swedish language – or svenska – has traditionally used either han (he) or hon (she) when referring to people, the controversial gender-neutral term, hen, will be added […]