I remember a television commercial for a deodorant, many years ago that talked about an airline pilot. Viewers were thinking of a man flying the aircraft, but in the last frame we see that it is actually a woman. Even those of us who fight every day for equality, can't get those images out of our head that we have been conditioned to see. When reading someone's biography, when we see that they are married, most of us still assume the opposite sex.
With Pride Week upon us, I was thinking about tremonology and how we often speak with words that are outdated. With that in mind, Pronouns that refer to gender are often misused out of ignorance. Our transgender sisters and brothers should expect that they will be referred to with the gender they have transitioned to. It is ignorant to call a man 'she' and just plain mean to say 'it.'
Is it conditioning or prejudice? Can we open our minds to see a bigger picture?