“Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith! Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!”
― Robert G. Ingersoll
Oh god, how true is that quote right now? I think all any of us can do is leap up and take a bite from the tree of knowledge. In light of what is currently rippling through the blogging community – I urge you to reach out and learn.
If you want some inspiration and are unsure where to look, check out these folks for starters
Quinn from onqueerstreet.com
Nillin from mxnillin.com
Quenby from queerdoconfusion.wordpress.com
Anne from annestaggwrites.com
I have been watching Anne’s videos and have been learning so much from them. I think because the language used to describe gender is constantly evolving and because none of us know everything, it is worth taking a peek and educating yourself. You have nothing to lose by respecting someone enough to use their pronouns.
I know myself, I have tried to be aware of how I gender someone when I speak especially via text. When in doubt, I try to look and see and if I don’t see someone’s pronouns, I reach out and ask or sometimes will change my wording so not to misgender them.
I know when talks of they/their came about originally to me, I will admit and hold my hands straight up to being confused. Mainly because those words were associated with being plural and well, I was only seeing one person. I now understand how gender fluidity and non-binary works but that was because I made the effort to educate myself. #TransRightsAreHumanRights
(also thanks to Quinn and Quenby for their help with this post).
This image was taken the same day as the one above and happens to be one of my most favourite images on my blog.