Teachers at conference issue “pronoun stickers”

At the annual American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) organization officials promoted the use of “pronoun stickers” to avoid mishaps of “misgendering.”

The push by AAPT organizers was made apparent by a displayed sign urging attendees: “Get your pronoun sticker!”

The sign gave a breakdown of the various different gender pronouns that can be used at the event for proper recognition. Standard pronouns were listed, such as “she/her/hers and he/him/his,” yet more complicated ones were also provided, such as “they/them/theirs and ze/zir/zirs.”

“As part of ongoing efforts to improve inclusiveness at AAPT National Meetings, we are providing stickers with pronouns that can be attached to name badges. This will make it easy for people to communicate their pronoun sets to others, especially for people who use uncommon pronouns or who have recently changed which pronouns they use.”

The event sign claims that “conversations among AAPT members about gender, and raising awareness that gender is complicated” was the main goal in the decision to include pronoun stickers. “Gender can be fluid, and many of the people you will encounter at WM17 [Winter Meeting 17] will fall at various places across the spectrum,” the sign reads.

The sign also touts that “A Quiet Room and gender-neutral bathrooms will be available at the Marriott.”

The AAPT sign can be viewed below, courtesy of Campus Reform:

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