Reflecting on gender-neutral language on International Pronouns Day (Oct 20, 2021)

Generic writing tips for pronouns from the Language Portal of Canada. Thanks Arda for laying this out nicely!

They/them: are we using a generic pronoun, or a specific non-binary pronoun?

Do we only need to worry about gender-neutrality when dealing with the hypothetical?

Is being gender-neutral actually inclusive?

Are drafting task scenarios the time and place for this diversity stuff?

  1. “Should” our scenarios represent the diversity of people accessing our website?
  2. Do we have to agree on practices? Does our team need an official stance?
  3. What resources are “good enough” to support/defend our approach?
  4. Is being gender-neutral inclusive, or does it ignore people’s experiences?
Four discussion questions the team responded to

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Sr UX Specialist with Canada Revenue Agency, former web dev and product person. 🔎 Lifelong learner. Unapologetic introvert. Plant-powered marathoner. Cat mom.

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