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The pronoun thing.  [message #78582] Sat, 12 August 2023 14:45 Go to previous message
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In several of the assorted circles I move in - mainly on line - it has become customary for people to "state their pronouns". I'm very happy for people to do so if they find it helpful. However, although I'm often considered "fairly woke for an old guy", I'm resistant to declaring pronouns for myself. To add (he/him) to my name or signature feels rather like asserting a conventional masculinity which I don't aspire to. He/him and they/them are both fine for other people to use when talking about me, but feel like properties other people are ascribing rather than something I claim for myself.

How do others feel about the pronoun thing? Do you declare them, or assume it's obvious, or use non-traditional pronouns,or have reservations of one kind or another?

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