Internet users can now display the pronoun of their choice, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth, on Instagram.
The social network with more than one billion users announced the novelty on Tuesday.The new field to be filled in is optional.
The user can decide whether their pronouns appear on their public profile or for their subscribers only.
For example, a woman identifying herself as such may display "she / her", the feminine pronouns in English.
Neutral “They / them” pronouns, used by non-binary people (who do not identify as male or female) are gaining ground in the United States.
More and more applications offer this option for the sake of inclusiveness.
In some large cities, posters in the windows of certain stores read: "Please do not assume the pronouns of our employees".
ICYMI: now you can add pronouns to your profile💜
Add up to 4 pronouns and edit or remove them any time.
You can also choose to display pronouns to only people who follow you.
- Instagram (@instagram) May 12, 2021
In business or in group lessons, people are more and more often invited to introduce themselves by giving their name and pronoun.
On Instagram, the choice is vast: he / him (il), she / her (elle), they / them (iel), but also “xe / xem” or “ve / ver” of the “neo-pronouns” used by transgender or non-binary people.
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“Sharing your pronoun has been widely adopted by our users,” said a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram.
“With this tool, we hope to standardize this practice a bit more.
[…] We have a number of pronouns available and we are open to feedback from our community if we ever missed any that should be included.
The social network said that the option would soon be extended to other countries.
On the French version, the field already exists but only the English pronouns are available for the moment.
The NGO Glaad, which defends the rights of LGBTQ + people in the media, published on Monday its first report on discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and non-binary on social networks.
According to this study, 64% of LGBTQ + users reported experiencing harassment or hate speech on major platforms.
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