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Re: gendering

From: Colin Watson
Subject: Re: gendering
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:27:59 +0100

Hi Bruno,

For some years I've been in the habit of using indefinite singular
"they" when I'm not certain what pronouns a given person uses and when
that also isn't directly relevant to the conversation; this is distinct
from its use by non-binary and other people who use it as a definite
pronoun referring to themselves individually.  I've found that this
habit works well as a first approximation among the people I spend most
of my time talking with, and has a lower rate of people telling me I got
it wrong than when I try to guess, so I don't plan to change my default
use of language here.

However, I'm sorry I got it wrong in this case.  When somebody has told
me what pronouns they use then I always try to use those instead of a
placeholder, so I will of course refer to you using "he" etc. pronouns
in future.


Colin Watson (he/him)                              [cjwatson@debian.org]

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