Genders, and sexes, and pronouns! Oh, my!
January 7, 2011 § 1 Comment
Not a very exciting post, but a necessary one. And short too.
For any colleagues/writers/media types who need some clarification on which pronouns/descriptions to use:
The gender I was assigned at birth was female, which is all kinds of wrong. I came out at fifteen, have modified my body in various ways, and stay away from T for the sake of my career. It’s not half as scandalous as some people feel it ought to be.
For ease of use:
Utterly verboten: she, her, woman, girl, female, lesbian.
Getting closer: he, him, trans man.
Just about right: they, their, s/he, trans person, genderqueer, androgyne, androgynous, queer.
And a very cute term, which I’ve only just discovered: xx boy. I like that – it’s charming.
If you need any further information, feel free to drop me a line. And hurray for the constant development and adaptation of our beautiful language.