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Pronoun " she " ? Pronoun " they " ?

Updated: May 4, 2021

Why do people write their pronouns after their names?

FATart is a network for female and non-binary artists.

For your information: non-binary is a term for gender identities from the transgender spectrum that are neither exclusively male nor female, i.e. outside of this binary classification. In short, non-binary people do not identify as either female or male and usually do not use pronouns.

In our association, when you introduce yourself, we ask you what pronouns you use. The point is to know how to talk about you and not make assumptions about a person's identity based on their appearance; for example, a feminine looking person may be non-binary and an androgynous-looking person may be a woman.

Therefore, it is best to simply ask people how they identify themselves. By the way, asking a person for their pronouns is polite and shows that you care about respecting the person's identity.

Those who identify as female use the pronouns " she ". Those who identify as non-binary usually use the pronoun " they ". Those who identify as male use the pronouns " he ".

Here are two examples:

Janine's pronoun during the introductions is " she " This means the person is a woman and we would talk about the person this way:

"Janine participated in the workshop, she had fun."

Sophie's pronoun during the introduction round is " they ". That is, the person is non-binary and we would talk about the person this way:

"Sophie participated in the workshop, they had fun."

If the pronoun introduction round enables persons to feel included and respected, then it is a must for us at FATart to contribute with this gesture.

In the future, we would like to see it become a common everyday practice to ask people about their pronouns.


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