'They' matter and here's why

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

Julian Paquette's editorial, 'Why 'they Matters', illustrates words are mightier than the sword and how, we as citizens yield that power, has a direct and profound affect on those around us.

When a person ridicules or refuses to use someone's stated pronoun, this translates to the following: I don't respect you, I know better than you, you do not exist, you only exist on my terms, I tell you who you are.

Perhaps the idea of 'they/their' seems foreign or awkward. Perhaps it makes you uncomfortable and you don't understand, why or how gender could be considered a spectrum, and not as simple as you've been taught or always known?

Consider this:

Only in the last 50 years, we as a society have become more concerned with inclusive language. From Mankind to Humankind or Peoplekind, change and word evolution is part of our natural fabric of society. #youthquake #excellent #alphabet #LGBTQ2

"We always have that reaction to new words..." says Katherine Barber, Author of the Blog, The Word Lady on CBC's, As It Happens on Feb. 6, 2018 (25:30).

"There was a big backlash in the 16th Century because a bunch of Latin words came into English, and there were people ranting and railing and saying, 'these words will never survive in the English language, it's pretentious and why do we need a word like 'excellent' and 'alphabet' anyway?'".

Imagine a world without 'Excellent' and 'Alphabet'? Seems ludicrous.

'What some people condemn as political correctness, is just actually a sensitivity to the other people we encounter every day and a desire to be inclusive and I don't see what's wrong with that,' says Barber.

Simply Good Form? We say yes. Worthy of a youthquake (read on for definition).

But respecting people's stated pronouns – though it may seem foreign at first – is a powerful act of respect and inclusion. To refuse to do so is to participate in the injustices that gender-variant people in Canadian society experience on a daily basis.

Read the whole story here.

It's easy to become an Ambassador for a more inclusive society.

Despite a grim worldwide state of regress, there is a powerful movement in the hands of the people. According to Amnesty International's 2017 review, the power for change is in the hands of Citizens. #youthquake #CitizenChallenge #AddABox

Youthquake = Noun = ‘A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’.

Check out our Add-A-Box Campaign for the nitty gritty. Businesses can also be inspired for change - see our Business-Add-A-Box Challenge for details.

It's Simply Good Form. Thanks for sharing.

Cyndi S.