A pronoun is a word that people often use to refer to other people or objects instead of their names; on the indieweb you can express which pronouns should be used to refer to you. English examples include she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs.
Why put your pronouns in your profile? Some reasons summarized from this Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid/status/861666628160765952
- normalize the idea of declaring pronouns
- challenge the assumption that everyone is the gender they present as
- challenge the idea that everyone is cis until proven otherwise
- remove ambiguity - people will know what to call you by
- Ashton McAllan added pronouns to http://acegiak.net as of 2015-02-18
- Kyle Mahan added pronouns to the h-card on https://kylewm.com on 2015-03-11
- gRegor Morrill added pronouns to http://gregorlove.com/about as of 2015-03-12
- Greg V added pronouns to the h-card on https://unrelenting.technology as of 2015-09-07. Also, their website shows h-card pronouns in reply/like/repost contexts, e.g. on this like
- Martijn van der Ven added pronouns (in several languages) to the h-card on http://vanderven.se/martijn/ on 2017-05-21
- 00dani added pronouns to the h-card on https://00dani.me/
IndieWeb (Friendly) Examples
- h-card as a service added pronoun fields (with auto import from h-card) on 2016-06-27
- @abbieandahalf has "they/them" in their Twitter bio
- @brianloveswords has "he/him" in his Twitter bio
- @lindseybieda has "she/her" in her Twitter bio
- @jneen_ has http://pronoun.is/she in her Twitter bio
- my.pronoun.is (or just pronoun.is) is a little website that offers a way to show your pronouns on a silo profile using a link, e.g. my.pronoun.is/they/them
- MetaFilter updated their user profile field from "Gender" to "Gender and/or pronouns"
Why not preferred pronoun
The reason we don't use "preferred gender pronoun" is because that can imply that the pronoun isn't their true pronoun.
- Several ways to mark-up pronouns are discussed on Microformats.org’s h-card Brainstorming: Pronouns
- Pronoun Island
- A letter saying they won offers a linguist's view on one person's pronouns, with a later addendum prompted by the rebuttal in If you can't say something nice… and an even fuller explanation from the original author: Courtesy and personal pronoun choice. And it just keeps going. Here's a piece explaining how the original author might have done better.