You, me and they/them: The power of pronouns

We’re living through a gender revolution, and with new ground being broken every day, many individuals are adopting their own particular pronouns to be addressed by. Navigating the unfamiliar territory isn’t always straightforward for others – so here, three non-binary people explain the easiest way to go about it

24th September, 2021
You, me and they/them: The power of pronouns
Caroline West: ‘If I’m buying something from someone or talking to them about work-related topics, I don't need to figure out someone's gender. I can just use “they” and get on with the rest of my day’

We use pronouns every day without thinking much about them. In the English language, they’re tricky as they also take into account a person’s gender – which is often assumed to be the same as their biological sex. Transgender people usually change their pronouns (from he/she to him/her, for example) to reflect their lived experience as a man or a woman. Similarly, non-binary people – who identify as neither a man nor a woman exclusively...

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