Surprising Ways You Might Accidentally Misgender Others

RADICALFIRE.COM

Handheld Sign

Gender fluidity is a current hot topic in the United States. Regardless of your stance, starting with respect is crucial. Misgendering goes against the principle of respect.

How do you avoid misgendering?

1. Making Assumptions

Assuming a person’s gender is a big mistake so it’s better to directly ask than to take  a guess.

2. Guessing Based On  Names

Names may suggest gender, but they shouldn't determine it. Educate yourself on gender identity and use appropriate pronouns in conversations.

3. Using Gender-Specific Language

Use gender-sensitive language for consideration. Replace "guys" with "folks" to enhance inclusivity.

4. Misunderstanding Cultural Norms

Some hairstyles and clothing are considered feminine or masculine, but you can’t base people’s genders on that alone.

5. Not Asking Beforehand What Words To Use

Make it a habit to ask people about their preferred pronouns or self-references. There's no shame in wanting to respect their choices.

Handheld Sign

FOR MORE ABOUT THIS POST, VISIT RADICAL FIRE