To avoid ‘misgendering,’ attendees of physics conference urged to wear ‘pronoun stickers’

To avoid ‘misgendering,’ attendees of physics conference urged to wear ‘pronoun stickers’
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The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) encouraged attendees of its winter summit to wear “pronoun stickers” in order to “reduce instances of misgendering.”

Organizers of the seasonal gathering were apparently so concerned about the prospect of “misgendering” that they even cautioned participants entering the meeting to “get [their] pronoun sticker!”

“As part of ongoing efforts to improve inclusiveness at AAPT National Meetings, we are providing stickers with pronouns that can be attached to name badges,” a sign welcoming attendees at this winter’s meeting stated, going on to suggest that such a practice will “make it easy” for “people to communicate their pronoun sets to others, especially for people who use uncommon pronouns or who have recently changed which pronouns they use.”

Additionally, the “pronoun stickers” apparently help attendees to “know which pronouns to use for someone [they] just met, especially if [they’re] unsure” about another’s pronouns while prompting “conversations among AAPT members about gender, and [raising] awareness that gender is complicated.”

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