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Poll: How do you feel about gender pronoun fields on social networks?

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June is Pride Month which is all about celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. One way to accomplish this is by acknowledging and respecting each other's gender pronouns and how others choose to identify. While there's no shortage of companies who participate in "rainbow washing," some companies have actually gone the extra step to include more permanent ways to show support for individual identity by including prominent gender pronouns on user profiles.

Last month, Instagram introduced a pronoun field that shows up right next to a person's username. There's even an option to allow only followers to see one's personal pronouns. The feature launched in the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia, with "plans for more," and it only appears on the mobile app available on the best Android phones, but not the website. We can walk you through how to add your personal pronouns to your Instagram profile.

Right after, Twitter told Android Central that it was open to the idea of adding a field for pronouns on its profiles. Slack also released a pronoun field, and LinkedIn also has the option, signaling a move towards a more inclusive workspace as many continue working from home and relying on the best telecommunication apps.

That said, we want to know how you feel about more platforms adopting pronoun fields and if you plan to utilize them.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

14 Comments
  • I had enough of this nonsense. I see pronouns in a profile and I stop looking further and ignore the person.
  • The way I see it there are only two genders and that is pretty much decided for you. There are really only two sexual orientations gay or straight. Bi is just a form of being gay. All those other gender and sexual identities are fanciful self indulgence.
  • I'm tired by all of this. You are born male or female. Everything else is by choice.
  • It doesn't impact my life. And if it makes the other person feel better, then I will use the pronoun they prefer.
  • I don't do social media but I try to respect people's wishes. My solution when speaking to people is to just use names and avoid making assumptions. If I had to describe a person I would never use race, sexual orientation or anything sensitive if I could help it. I'd find another adjective or mention their clothing or something like that. Life has gotten a little more complicated.
  • You can not change your gender. Male/female is part of your DNA, at this time, science cannot change it. You can, however, identify as anything you want. But you will always be what you were at birth!
    If a person wants to identify as a dog...go for it; I'll throw you a biscuit; but you will never actually be a dog. THAT IS SCIENCE.
    As for pronouns, who cares?
  • Why would it bother anyone if it doesn't affect you? Let people be happy and use whatever pronoun they want. So silly
  • You have to know very little about neurolinguistics to assume that pronouns can be easily replaced by any set of words. They are learned early, they are not content words, they are not names, and their use is much more automatic than they'd have you believe. Claiming that swapping pronouns is easy is ableist, it ignores people with language developmental disabilities, as well as non-native speakers. One of my best friends is Turkish, he regularly messes pronouns because the Turkish system is just a single pronoun for everyone. Imagine telling him he needs to add 12 more and if he makes mistakes, it will be interpreted as a hate crime. Let's be sensible, we make assumptions based on appearance and then our brain automatically assigns pronouns, the most we can do is switch to the other set of pronouns at our disposal if the person asks us to (and invest conscious effort in fighting the automatic assignment), but we cannot realistically and consistently use a different arbitrary set for each person we meet.
  • "Let's be sensible, we make assumptions based on appearance and then our brain automatically assigns pronouns, the most we can do is switch to the other set of pronouns at our disposal if the person asks us to (and invest conscious effort in fighting the automatic assignment), but we cannot realistically and consistently use a different arbitrary set for each person we meet." Couldn't agree more
  • Agree completely. I'm offended by your being offended by my innocent lack of understanding, and decades upon decades of usage. I get that they/them can be singular. I can find a wallet and when I learn who it belongs to, return it to them. However when you say, this is my kid, they are allergic to chocolate, I wonder where the others are. Bob nailed the presentation this morning, they should get a bonus. (Bob will be getting his cut) If you want me to refer to you as they, do you refer to yourself as we? This is my friend, you should invite them to the party. OK, they can come. Thanks, we'd love to. I do get that it is an effort to take gender out of things that it doesn't need to be in. Using pronouns that have heretofore largely been used to designate multiples is just confusing. Lord help them when they tackle languages where the noun itself is masculine or feminine, not just the pronoun.
  • You know I was just thinking, there isn't enough controversial topics on Android blogs these days. Why don't you guys focus on what you know best, and get rid of ridiculous click bait articles like this that are asking for arguments in the comments. Daniel and Derrek, remove this article.
  • Maybe stop actually clicking on them, and maybe they will. Common sense.
  • "Hello William!"
    "You can call me Will" "Hello William!"
    "Please, call me Bill" "Hello Christopher!"
    "I go by Chris" "Hello Mr. Wainwright"
    "My father was Mr. Wainwright, please call me Bruce" "Hello John!"
    "My friends just call me Skip" "Hello Sam"
    "Actually I go by C Daddy Smack Master" People have been respectfully correcting others on how they wish to be called for generations without controversy, offense or distain. Expecting people to get your rare, unknown, (ze, zhe?) Or contrary to the rules of the English language (they when referring to a single individual) pronoun right the first time and being offended if they don't has far more to do with the offended than the unaware other person. This feels like this is all about constantly seeking a fight. Keeping people angry. I suppose less than 1% of the population chooses to use non-dominant pronouns, but let's change all of society for that one percent. There are far more people who are left handed than there are people who have non-dominant pronouns. When are we going to start identifying right hand vs left lest we offend someone by handing them a pen, a flyer, or a gift to their less dominant hand? Yes that would be ridiculous as is this pronoun nonsense.
  • If someone tell me they're a girl you're a girl if they say they are a boy then your a boy I have no time to object to anyone belief in the meantime were is the hands on pixel 6 leaks.