Tom Cho 曹勵善 Profile picture
Author of 'Look Who's Morphing', a collection of fictions. Writing a novel that philosophises about religion. Represented by @MWLiterary
23 Feb
Spent some of today unpacking to myself why sharing pronouns is not necessarily beneficial to the very people whom it is meant to above all serve. For example:

— it can put pressure on ppl who can’t be “out” about their gender identity to use the wrong pronouns

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— some gender-questioning ppl may be unsure re: their pronouns, & don’t want to be put on the spot with an invitation to share their pronouns

— some trans ppl whose pronouns seemingly align with their appearance can feel that sharing their pronouns erases their trans status

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— some people simply have a fraught relationship with pronouns, and find it hard to engage with a pronoun-sharing process.

Even making it optional to share pronouns can create group pressures around deciding whether to opt in or opt out. 3/
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