Understanding Gender Neutral Pronouns

Understanding Gender Neutral Pronouns

We've become understandably cautious about labelling others, and we're learning the value of asking permission before identifying someone as a specific gender. Using gender-neutral pronouns in conversations will help you to avoid accidentally offending someone before you know their pronouns.. Gender-neutral pronouns are terms that do not specify whether the sentence's subject is male or female. 'They,' for example, is a gender-neutral third-person pronoun. If you're not sure which pronoun to use, use that person's name instead.

To help you understand the importance of using someone's pronouns, here at Kontroversial we have put together the basics of understanding gender neutral pronouns. 

How to Use Gender Neutral Pronouns

Because gender-neutral pronouns have only lately become more prevalent, you're probably not sure how to use them or even what they are. We've created a list of gender-neutral pronouns as well as instances of using them here so you can start creating a more inclusive space in your everyday life. 

By using gender-neutral vocabulary, you ensure that your sentences are inclusive to all. Finally, you don't want to make inaccurate or hurtful presumptions about another person's gender. Simply because someone would seem feminine or masculine does not imply that they are a man or woman; they could be agender, nonbinary, or be uncomfortable being identified as "he" or "she."

The following are some examples of gender-neutral pronouns:

  • He/She
  • Him/Her
  • His/Her
  • His/Hers
  • Himself/Herself

Unless someone specifically requests it, you won't use one of these gender-neutral pronouns.However, regardless of the individual, there are more traditional gender neutral pronouns that you can incorporate into your everyday conversation. "Them," "They," "Their," and "Everyone" are examples. When in doubt, call someone by their given name rather than "him" or "her."

How to Learn Someone's Gender Neutral Pronouns 

You don't want to inquire about someone's pronouns when you first meet them. This may give them the impression that you are asking them to come out as transgender, agender, or nonbinary, which they may not want to do, especially if you work in a conservative office.Instead, use your pronouns to introduce yourself: "Hello, my name is Kate, and my pronouns are she/her." By using your own pronouns, you are allowing the other person to use theirs without forcing them to. Also, avoid using "preferred" pronouns. Despite its popularity, the term is incorrect because it implies that someone's gender is a preference.

Finally, while using gender-neutral pronouns does not require much effort on your part, it can make a significant difference in establishing a brighter, more inclusive environment for all.

Why is Gender Neutral Clothing Important?

People are realising that "acceptable" is whatever an individual feels comfortable in, regardless of what society says. There are no longer distinct statement pieces for men and women; rather, fashion is blending into a single entity that everyone can enjoy. The general consensus appears to be that if you like it, you should wear it, regardless of which department it comes from. Gender neutral clothing is trendy, and it's only getting more popular.

At Kontroversial, we believe that everyone should be able to dictate their own fashion sense, disregarding gender norms and feeling at ease in their own skin. Our gender neutral clothing combines 90s fashion, hip-hop, and street art to create a look that doesn't need to be justified. The future of fashion is changing, and we're excited to be a part of it. Want to find out more about our brand? You can view our full collection here. For inspiration, F≠ck the rules and follow us on Instagram.


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