Radio buttons for gender information

When signing up to be an “IHEG Insider,” the question “What is your gender?” is asked using a radio button control. The control is presented with two options: “Male” and “Female.” The question is listed as “Required Information” on the signup form.

Radio button controls are the most insistent of all user interface patterns. They force us to choose one from a set of options, on the premise that we will not have more than one answer or that our answer is not “It depends.” Radio buttons are a mutually exclusive input control that user interface designers reserve for cases where the system needs to ask a question that can have only one answer.

Technology is a mirror. It can respect and reflect our diversity or deny and divide us. Read Radio buttons define us. Let’s make better tech for perspectives on collecting gender information.

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