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My name is Alex and my pronouns are them/they.
RELEVANT SUSTAINABLE GOALS
SHE AND HE
Currently sitting as the two most commonly used set of words to address someone, she/her and he/him are most often used for our friends whose identity falls under the binary spectrum, male and female. She/her being used for people who identifies as female, and he/him being used for people who identifies as male. Often times, these pronouns are also used as a way for other people to address someone who is feminine-presenting (looks feminine or looks like a woman) or masculine presenting (looks masculine or looks like a man) regardless of their actual gender.
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Primary school English taught me—and perhaps everyone reading this article now—that ‘they/them’ pronouns are used to address multiple people. But as time goes on, you will see that this pronoun can also be used to address someone whose gender you have yet to know. For example, you’re walking down the street and you notice a wallet on the ground. You may be compelled to say, “hey, somebody dropped their wallet!” as opposed to saying, “hey, somebody dropped his or her wallet!” Due to this, ‘they/them’ pronouns have also been recognized as a singular pronoun, much like he or she, as a way to be more inclusive of people who may not fall under the typical binary gender system. And as such, have led many non-binary individuals such as myself to adopt these set of words.
For someone who’s just starting to learn to use singular they/them pronouns, it may take some getting used to, as your friendly bilingual enby who speaks English as their second language, I get it. A lot of enbies would understand too as long as you are not doing it on purpose, and you have a genuine desire to respect our pronouns.
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But what do I do if I misgendered someone?
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I have a final note before we end on this short journey through the wonderful world of pronouns. When I first came out and told my loved ones about my identity and pronouns, some of them would forget a lot and when I don’t correct them, they’ll jokingly say that I simply forgot my own pronouns. , , . , preferred .
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