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PRONOUNS 101

Eddie Jarel Jonesx of The Phluid Project gives us the run-down on gender pronouns

It is likely the case that you are identified by, and answer to, a set of gendered pronouns that you associate yourself with, such as "she" for a woman or "he" for a man.

However, if you automatically assign a gendered-pronoun to an individual based on their outward appearance, you are assuming their gender.

For example, by calling someone "he," you reveal an assumption that the person in front of you is a man, rather than a woman, a non-binary individual, or another gender that does not answer to "he."

People who choose to not identify themselves within the gender binary may asked to be called "they," or "ze." They/their and ze/zir/hir are two commonly used types of gender-neutral pronouns -- and yes, "they" is a Merriam-Webster-approved singular pronoun.

Using someone's correct personal pronouns shows that you respect their personhood. So, before making another assumption, or even a tried and true guess, it's best to ask someone for their pronouns directly.

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PRONOUNS 101

Eddie Jarel Jonesx of The Phluid Project gives us the run-down on gender pronouns

It is likely the case that you are identified by, and answer to, a set of gendered pronouns that you associate yourself with, such as "she" for a woman or "he" for a man.

However, if you automatically assign a gendered-pronoun to an individual based on their outward appearance, you are assuming their gender.

For example, by calling someone "he," you reveal an assumption that the person in front of you is a man, rather than a woman, a non-binary individual, or another gender that does not answer to "he."

Using someone's correct personal pronouns shows that you respect their personhood. So, before making another assumption, or even a tried and true guess, it's best to ask someone for their pronouns directly.


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