Given that personal pronouns in english are gender-specific, doesn’t it make sense to include gender in a user profile? Some usernames make the user’s sex clear, but many do not, and some are misleading. There is potential for embarassment/offense if someone is referred to by the wrong gender. I believe that some people have even changed usernames after repeatedly being referred to by the wrong gender.
Unlike age, which 1) could lead to some people’s views being discounted by others, 2) some people would be embarrassed to admit, either because of its largeness or because of its smallness, and 3) would have to be updated annually, gender 1) is not a reason for discounting others’ views, at least among the civilized population of the sdmb (except on the most specific of topics) 2) is freely admitted by (almost) all without embarrassment, and 3) would never need to be updated, except in an extremely small portion of cases.
Further, the field labeled “Sex:” would give thousands of dopers the opportunity to make the joke “yes”, as well as countless variations.
I am not familiar with (or particularly interested in) the process of how this change might actually occur. Instead, my question is: is it a good idea?