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Misgendering

Misgendering is the act of referring to someone as a gender different from how they identify themselves, through misusing gendered personal pronouns (such as “she,” “he,” or “they”), honorifics (such as “ma’am” or “sir”), and other terms of address. One example is when a cashier mistakenly addresses a trans woman customer as “sir.” Other forms of misgendering include “deadnaming,” or the use of a person’s former name, and inappropriately attaching gendered meanings to specific bodily characteristics—for example, assuming that a person with facial hair, a low voice, or a penis is a man or that a person with breasts, short stature, or a high voice is a woman. While people sometimes maliciously misgender others, in many cases, they are unaware that they have misgendered someone. ...

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