“It was very exciting to have that happen,” Waldman told St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon.
Fifty-six Choices Not Enough?
Born and raised female, Waldman always felt different from friends and schoolmates.
“I didn’t really fit in with the girls and I didn’t fit in with the boys,” Waldman said. “I wanted to be both.”
For years, Waldman struggled with the feelings but lacked the language to describe them.
“I didn’t have the words, but I learned the terminology at the end of my freshman year,” Waldman remembered.
Waldman, who prefers the pronouns “them” and “they” to “him, his, her or hers,” has parental support and a community of like-minded people, outside of school and within Parkway Central High.
“In my grade, there are two others who identify as gender-non-binary,” Waldman said.
Facebook's menu also includes "transgender," "trans," "androgynous" and "cisgender," which is another way of saying you identify as the gender you were assigned at birth.
But are 56 choices enough? When it comes to politics and religion, Facebook users don’t have to pick from a list. They can write in their beliefs using words of their choosing. The profile form looks as though you could write in what you want, but it only accepts one of the 56 terms.
Despite the glee over being able to identify as “genderqueer” on Facebook, Waldman knows that not everyone will find the right term to describe such a personal and integral part of themselves.
"I have some friends whose identities are not on that list," Waldman said.
With the advent of smart phones and tablets, media messages are now ever-present. And with social media, Internet television, satellite radio, blogs and self-publishing in addition to traditional print and broadcasting, the number of media messages out there is also ever-increasing.
That makes it all the more important that people have the ability to critically deconstruct the messages the media convey.
Legislation that would prohibit employers from seeking job applicants' social network passwords is on hold in the Illinois House.
Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford's measure would allow job-seekers to file lawsuits if asked for access to sites like Facebook. Bosses could still ask for usernames that would allow them to view public information on the sites.
Updated at 6:23 p.m. to include comments from the bill's sponsor, and Gov. Nixon's criticism of the bill, despite signing it
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing a contentious law, known by some as the "Facebook law," that had limited online discussions between teachers and students.
Nixon's signature Friday will delete a law enacted earlier this year barring teachers from using websites that allow "exclusive access" with current or former students 18 or younger. Some teachers raised concerns that they would be restricted from using social media sites such as Facebook, which allow private messages.
Missouri senators have overwhelmingly passed a bill revising a new law that restricts teachers' online conversations with students.
The legislation would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give "exclusive access" to students, such as sending private messages on Facebook. Senators voted 33-0 Wednesday to send the bill to the House.
The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation revising a contentious new state law that limits teacher communications with students over the Internet.
The bill given initial approval Monday would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give "exclusive access" to students. The provision already had been temporarily blocked by a judge last month because of free-speech concerns.