Up until now, users haven’t had a designated space to put their pronouns.

In a new move from Instagram, users can now add pronouns to their profile.

Instagram announced the news on Twitter writing: “Add pronouns to your profile.”

“The new field is available in a few countries, with plans for more.”

Before now, users who wanted to display their pronouns have had to include them in the ‘bio’ section.

Others opted to use the ‘website’ section. This meant there was no specific relevant field designated to pronouns.

In the new feature, the chosen pronouns are displayed next to the user’s name. The pronouns are also shown in a different colour .

Users are also given the option to reveal the pronouns to followers only.

This is incase users don’t feel comfortable disclosing their gender to the public.

Reception

Many users are thrilled at the new option.

Others are even urging other platforms to follow suit, with one user writing: “All other media platforms NEED this too. No more taking up bio space to put pronouns.

“Give us easy visibility options.”

“If the dying creature that is IG can do this, other websites can too.”

Another user was thrilled, writing: “this literally made me want to burst into tears with joy”

Others have taken issue with the pronouns available on the platform. Notably, the pronouns it/its are not available to use.

One Twitter user wrote: “Plz add options for custom pronouns or something my pronouns are it/it’s and they’re not available”.

Why Was It Needed?

Disclosing pronouns on social media is a relatively new thing. Why are people doing it?

The main reason is that it normalises discussion of gender.

It also means that gender assumption is a thing of the past. People are finally waking up to the fact that you can’t tell someone’s gender just by looking at them.

As Wareham points out in a Forbes article, “Showing your pronouns tells everyone you come across, I won’t assume your gender.”

Elden Seropian is a software engineer for product.

They co-founded an LGBTQ+ employee resource group, Team Rainbow.

Speaking about the importance of normalising pronoun disclosure, they said: “Even in supportive environments, many transgender and gender non-conforming individuals can still expect uncomfortable conversations, one of them being around pronouns,”

“Small tweaks can lead to better communication for everyone—whether you’re transgender or simply someone with a name that could be mistaken for a different gender between different languages, cultures, or generations.”

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