A question I see a lot of people asking is, “Should I share my pronouns in my bio?” It is important to recognize that pronouns are not limited to folks in the trans, non-binary, and LGBTQ+ communities.
What are Pronouns?
According to Merriam-Webster, a pronoun is “a word that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase. Pronouns refer to either a noun that has already been mentioned or to a noun that does not need to be named specifically.
The most common pronouns are the personal pronouns, which refer to the person or people speaking or writing (first person), the person or people being spoken to (second person), or other people or things (third person).”
The most common personal pronouns in the English language are she/her, he/him, and they/them. Some people also use the pronouns ze/zir, ze/hir, or xe/zem, and others choose not to use any pronouns at all.
3 Common Objections to Sharing Pronouns
Some cisgendered people feel that they should not share their pronouns in their social media bios. The three most common objections to sharing pronouns are:
I am not a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Many people feel that they need to be part of the LGBTQ+ community to have permission to share their pronouns in their social media bios. This is not true because cisgendered people can help in normalizing sharing pronouns and reducing stigma.
It is obvious what my pronouns are.
You should never assume someone’s pronouns based on the way they present themselves physically. It is important to challenge the gendered stereotypes you were taught as a child and recognize that assumptions do not serve anyone.
I don’t have enough characters to include my pronouns.
Including your pronouns in your bio will require 7 to 11 characters. If being inclusive is important to you, you will consolidate your existing profile to create space.
These objections aside, here are 3 reasons to share your pronouns in your bio:
3 Reasons to Share Your Pronouns in Your Bio
It shows that you do not make assumptions about pronouns.
Sharing your pronouns makes a personal statement that you do not make assumptions about others’ pronouns. It aligns you as an ally and and/or your business as a safe space.
It helps reduce misgendering.
Sharing your pronouns informs your following how you would like them to refer to you. Normalizing the sharing of pronouns helps reduce the likelihood of misgendering and creates a safer environment for trans and non-binary people to share their pronouns without fearing judgement.
It creates a space for conversation about gender.
Sharing your pronouns encourages conversation about gender. Cisgendered people educating others about pronouns removes pressure and emotional labour from the trans and non-binary community. Encouraging others to share their pronouns is a great way to be an ally and support the LGBTQ+ community.
Do you have your pronouns in your social media bio? If you don’t, add them! If you would like to be even more inclusive, you can also add your pronouns to the about page of your website and to your e-mail signature.