Another day, another exhausting debate about conscience. Pronouns are simple, they’ve been around for centuries and yet people act like they’re a whole new concept – when they’re not using them as political fodder and bullying, of course.
This time the topic of the hot button is being discussed not because of some awful remarks from bigoted politicians or an awful tweet from She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named TERF (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist), but because of singer and artist Demi Lovato proclaimed that she uses pronouns ‘He/she’ is now in addition to the pronouns ‘they/they’ they already use.
Lovato opened up about this development of her gender identity journey in an interview with faucet podcast. “Recently, I’ve been feeling more feminine, so I adopted it again,” Lovato said. “I am a flexible person.”
Lovato Exited as a non-binary in May 2021 Through a video and Twitter thread, to let the audience know that they are going by their own pronouns/pronouns. “Today is a day that I am very happy to share more of my life with all of you – and I am proud to inform you that I am considered a non-binary [and] I will change the pronouns formally to ‘they/they go ahead’, Lovato wrote on Twitter.
During the interview with faucet podcastLovato thought about this upcoming trip and also explained why they are now expanding their pronouns to include “he/she”.
“I felt, especially in the last year, that my energy was balanced by masculine and feminine energy,” Lovato said. “When I faced a choice between going into the bathroom and it was ‘women’ and ‘men’, I didn’t feel like there was a bathroom for me. Because I didn’t necessarily feel like a woman, I didn’t feel like a man, I felt like a human being. And that’s what they are about/they are to me. It’s just about feeling the human being at your core.”
Lovato’s Instagram bio has been updated to include all of their pronouns: “they/they/she/it.” What is shocking about this? Gender identity – like gender – can be a very fluid thing. Having more than one pronoun is also very common in the non-binary community. I myself am non-binary and use the pronouns ‘she/they’. The interesting thing here is that Lovato’s gender journey is less – which is just their work and their business – but the obvious biases of the news media machine.
There have been misleading headlines about how Lovato “refers to the pronouns ‘he/she'” (daily Mail). (The Mail He has since modified the original title.) UK charm Also displayed a similar incorrect address, which has not yet been fixed. Some people even called Buzzfeed“s Covering to only refer to Lovato with the word “she” in the story and make it sound like “he/she” is their only pronoun. Many news outlets have good and sensitive headlines, such as rolling rockAnd the paintingAnd the diverse And a whole host of others.
Then there was the gossip on social media. Responses ranged from “who cares” to outright intolerance for non-binary and gay people suggesting that updating pronouns is very normal. Many within the queer community and their allies were as well Quick to note that Lovato hasn’t stopped using it “h/them“ pronouns He encouraged people inside and outside the media to understand the difference.
Unfortunately, when you search for Demi Lovato on Twitter, the most biased posts appear first. Note the transphobe Matt Walsh was quick to jump on the news As an example of someone “changing their gender identity” (Lovato didn’t) while dangerously spreading misinformation about gender confirmation surgeries. Few individuals other than Lovato’s transphobia have used the news as a way to further stigmatize gender confirmation surgeries. Word “Cancel move“Even if what happened is, in fact, one individual expands the use of his conscience.
“Lovato is still identified as non-binary, they are just updating their pronouns to reflect where they are now in their sexual journey.“
Lovato didn’t “return to her pronouns,” they simply added “he/she” to their list of pronouns. There is a big difference. Lovato is still identified as non-binary, they are just updating their pronouns to reflect where they are now in their sexual journey.
Plotting their words as “going backwards” or any change to this wording gives validity to a favorite argument among fanatics, that being non-binary is just a phase or heresy. Or that Lovato was somehow reverting to what their idea of a “real woman” was, trapped safely in her gender binary.
Let’s be clear: Being non-binary is not a stage and it’s not a choice. Gender identity is flexible and that means people can add or subtract pronouns, and they can even change how they identify if they want to. It doesn’t give any less validity to the identity, it’s just part of the journey.
Why would someone update their conscience even on the news? I don’t see news stories about transgender celebrities who proudly claim to go for the “she/she” or “he/he” side, so why put non-binary celebrities on a blast? Like coming out – another tabloid obsession – pronouns are a personal matter for someone, not your clickbait.
Pronouns have always been part of our human vocabulary, but recently they have become a political tool for far-right extremists and transgender people. But everyone has pronouns – even the simplest and most kind of people on the planet have pronouns. Surely the point is, just out of basic human decency, to respect someone’s choice of pronouns and grow around it.
For non-binary people, we can have multiple pronouns and that’s because we don’t specify a singular gender or any gender for that matter. There are some non-binary people who want to use only the pronouns ‘they/they’. Some non-binary people go through ‘they/they’ but also go through ‘she/it’ or ‘he/it’. It depends on the person, so the best policy is always to just ask and never assume.
“If their pronouns change, call them these pronouns. It’s not really a concept challenge. It’s basic decency.“
Personally, I go for ‘they/they’ or ‘she/it’ and it’s not because I identify myself as a woman, because I don’t know it. I still go by the “she” side because I’ve been with “she” for 27 years of my life, and it’s easier for myself and possibly others in my life to continue to use that pronoun. The thing is, non-binary people don’t need to explain to anyone why a particular pronoun is used – just be respectful and connect with people through the pronouns they go through. And if their pronouns change, then call them these pronouns. It’s not really a concept challenge. It’s basic decency.
Currently, this country is facing more transphobic laws and regulations than ever before. Pronouns have become a major topic in political discourses and programmes. Transphobia and homophobia have reached frightening levels and are showing no signs of slowing down. It’s scary being non-binary right now. It’s scary being transgender now. It’s a scary time for all LGBT people. The media must cover issues such as gender identity sensitively and responsibly – because when headlines and social media conversations go wrong – as some have been talking about Lovato – the validity of many people’s identities is undermined.