Hi there, wonderful Kenyon people! It’s time for another ♥Queer 101♥! Yay!!! Today, we’ll be talking about pronouns. What are pronouns? Why are they important? How can we avoid using the incorrect pronouns for our peers? If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, or are wondering about the proper use of gender pronouns, then this article is for you! We’ll be going over the basics about pronouns and we’ll point you towards helpful resources in case you have any further questions. Let’s begin with a simple description of why pronouns are so important.
Why Are Pronouns Important?
A person’s physical appearance might not match up with the way you think they identify. Clothes, hair, mannerisms, etc., are not necessarily determining factors for a person’s gender. The use of correct pronouns stops us from misgendering our friends/peers/colleagues. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure we’re using the right pronouns for our peers.