Anne Fausto-Sterling is an emeritus professor of biology and gender studies at Brown University. I'm not sure about any pure mathematical reasons for using 0 and 1 for gender, but I know for a fact that some of the impetus came from the need to use the smallest data types possible. Retrieved 29 April Before we knew much about biology, we made social rules to administer sexual diversity. If you're not yet convinced of this, I have a nice example of why it's important at http:
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Beyond the Binaries" PDF. I'd always been influenced by the lens of my Arts degree, where you are taught about how some feminists critique ideologies that see females defined by the lack of something possessed by males. I'd never thought of it like that.