Please Respect My Pronouns

It’s very interesting to me that there are people out there who actually attempt to control the pronouns other people use to describe them. If you think about it however, the pronouns I use to depict you are not your pronouns at all, they’re mine. As the speaker, the communicator, and therefore the creator of the story in this instance (and the story of my life), the words I use to identify you, are for me. I speak for the purpose of bringing the reality that I exist in into focus, and to convey a picture of the world as I see it—as well as providing information so that others may respond to my articulation in a way that brings forth something new (an agreement, an understanding, or, granted, at times, I’ll admit, a conflict). We speak in order to clarify and thus create, our existence.

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