How to use pronouns in emails
She/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/their
You may have noticed. We include our pronouns in the signature of our e-mails. There is a reason for that! This way, you always know if your correspondent is a man or a woman and you do not have to worry about which pronoun to use.
You avoid addressing people with the wrong pronoun when they have a gender-neutral name like Nicky, Robin, Xiang, Noa or Jules. You also avoid misgendering trans people and people who are intersex or non-binary by not using their preferred pronoun. This is a small effort that can mean a lot to some people.
How do you use pronouns correctly?
You will often see the following pronouns: she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/their. Especially about the last three, many people stumble and do not know exactly how to use these pronouns. Here is an example to explain this:
Robin is non-binary and feels neither male nor female. Therefore, Robin prefers to be addressed with the pronouns they, them and their.
So a sentence like "For him, it is a lot more fun to be addressed in a gender-neutral way." then becomes "It is much nicer for them to be addressed in a gender-neutral way.
You can, of course, also include your pronouns in the signature of your e-mail. We will then take this into account when communicating with you by email.
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