Recently I noticed email signature blocks (I’ve edited these to depersonalize and remove companies from them) that had an extra pronoun line I didn’t understand:
Senior [function] Engineer
Started seeing this a while back and now the practice seems to be spreading.
Since I am a bit oblivious to what this She/Her/Hers and He/Him/His stuff is all about, it was time for some reading and research.
Seems that Political Correctness (PC) and Social Justice Warrior (SJW) norms are expecting young people to lay out their sexually preferences in every communication!
Weird and one asks “Why?”
First I didn’t think we were having any sort of communication that sex was any part of. I am pretty sure their intents in email me was not to share their perception of what is in their pants, and I have no intention of do so either.
Young folk tell me that some people put in fashionable alternatives to the She/Her/Hers and He/Him/His stuff to “mark their [gender] territory” indicating that they are one of the rainbow folk.
Cute, but if gender identification came up it would be irrelevant to our ham radio interactions.
Same young folk say that what they said are called “normies” (normal people) use the She/Her/Hers and He/Him/His stuff to support the exceptions.
Now here is where I get offended – every one of the hams/ham industry folks are “normal people” to me. Well as “normal” as any ham can be.
We don’t have gender-specific frequencies or operating modes, do we? Didn’t think so!
The other person’s attitude towards their glandular side of life is moot while we are making perhaps the most socially distanced form of direct contact, a “QSO”, with our radio gear.
The brief journey down the rabbit hole of gender pronouns was neigh futile. Lists of pronouns are increasing expansive, some branching into over 70 varieties, each with 3 to 4 pronouns plus variations. None of the list agree, some of the defined identities are far from self-explanatory, and every creative pronoun is labeling a person, defining them on an axis distant from the radio experience.
The appeal of resolving the “Boy Named Sue” paradox where given names conflict with gender is about the only reason that resonates, and at that perhaps still limited to he/she/they. My work has email contacts with a couple gals named “Keith” and “Dale” and a a guy named “Laurie.” Keith helped me out with as she uses “Keith-Anne” enough that you get the idea. More common with people whose families have certain European origins (Scottish and Belgian come to mind) Laurie for a guy is uncommon but not unheard of.
So what about these ham radio email signatures with their pronoun lines?
Interesting, but unless needing to know this gets in the way of making QSOs, unimportant. Completely unimportant.
Of the trendy ones, only part of them are even in my autocorrect dictionary, so perhaps the pronouns themselves are not so important to the programming communities as is the “virtue signaling” is?
From research it seems that a lot of authors commenting on the pronoun confusion end up their writings staking out a novel original set of pronouns for themselves. If I were to follow suite I guess I would pick Happy/Optimistic/Smiler or some other equally joyful set for myself.
Live and let live, and make QSOs!