Are you Conscious about your Pronoun Usage?

It is a privilege to not have to worry about someone referring to you by the wrong pronoun based on their perception of your gender. You may not think about your gender identity very often, but using gender neutral pronouns when talking about people in general is more inclusive.

For example, instead of saying “ladies and gentlemen”, you can say “people” or “folks”. Instead of “he or she”, use the singular “they”. You may have had it drilled into you in school that it is not grammatically correct, but it was used as a singular pronoun since the 14th century and only criticized in the 19th century.

Also, when introducing yourself, you can let people know which pronouns you would like them to use when referring to you. “Hello, my name is Frank. I use he/him/his.” “Hello, I’m Lisa, and I go by she/her/hers.” “Hello, I am Chris, and I go by they/them/theirs.” By doing so, you make it easier for people to know that

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