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The above should read: "'re likely to be misinterpreted as saying something stronger, and you run the risk...". Apologies for the typo.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2018 on My Preferred Pronouns? at Justin Erik Halldór Smith
"Already in the comments above a trans person has articulated an argument, which I've heard before, against these stickers." If you mean me, then I didn't articulate an argument against the stickers. Or at least I didn't articulate an argument against the stickers existing, against them being made available in the way that they were, or even against them being normalized. That's what "against these stickers" or "no to pronoun stickers" sounds like to me. I am in favor of these stickers. I made an argument against the stickers being COMPULSORY. If all you're against is compulsory pronoun stickers, then you should be aware that if you articulate that as "no to pronoun stickers" you're likely to be misinterpreted, and as sayings something stronger, and you run some risk of coming across as arguing against a straw person or, at best, against the simplifications-for-purposes-of-presentation in some activist sound bytes and 101 materials. If you are okay being talked about as "she" or "he" or "they" as others choose (knowing that if you look stereotypically male they'll probably mostly choose "he"), and wearing a pronoun sticker makes you uncomfortable, for whatever reason, then don't wear one, but don't complain about them being made available for others, and do try to honor the pronouns on people's stickers even if they aren't what you might guess from how the people wearing the stickers look. If you find yourself thinking that, say, being called "he" is less uncomfortable for you than being called "she" or "they", maybe you should consider, in these environments, wearing something that tells people these are your preferences (in the thin economics-y sense of "preferences"). That's not about pronouncing on where you stand with respect to categories like cis and trans - it's just about telling people how you'd like them to talk about you. That's it. It's pretty simple. Figure out how you feel about different ways people talk about you (or could talk about you), and figure out how much you want to inform people about that, and then wear a sticker, or don't, accordingly.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2018 on My Preferred Pronouns? at Justin Erik Halldór Smith
Hey, uh, just to clarify: I'm pretty confident this pronoun sticker kind of stuff started in a distinctly lower-status cultural milieu and worked its way into the academy from below. It's not, say, a product of affluent tenured gender theorists trying to impose some structure from above.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2018 on My Preferred Pronouns? at Justin Erik Halldór Smith
I think the way you experience being gendered may in some ways be more distinctive than you realize. When I was in a not-dissimilar place in my thinking, I found this blog post to be really helpful reading: You also might want to check out this video: It might be helpful to take these and then look at some of the (multiple, mutually incompatible) ways that the term "agender" gets used in some parts of tumblr-ish younger queer internet culture. And I want to reply directly to this: "I do not feel like a man, but I also do not feel I have it in me to bring about, by my will and by my presentation of self in everyday life, any other social fact as to what sort of being I am." I can't tell you what to do, but you never know what you can accomplish in this area until you try, and a lot of people surprise themselves. And speaking as a trans person, I would be oppose to any attempt to compel (rather than jut encourage) all attendees at an event to wear pronoun indicators, and I know a large number of trans activists agree with me. Our reasons for it have much less to do with the comfort of people who dislike this stuff on principle and much more to do with the comfort of closeted pre-transition trans people who may find it uncomfortable to list one pronoun as preferred and dangerous to list another. If it gets to the point of attempted enforcement or the threat of censure (which I think is unlikely), I suspect more of us will be on your side in opposing that than you think. Coercive assignment and enforcement of gender (in virtually any the diverse senses of "gender") hurts everyone. Take care of yourself.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2018 on My Preferred Pronouns? at Justin Erik Halldór Smith
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