2019-01-25 00:00:00

Now, being a Workplace Marine, I wouldn’t give a good wooden nickel’s worth about what all this political correctness is all about. I like being blunt and so does the military. But since you couch potatoes are so into political correctness, your trusty Gunny has done his research into how you can be gender neutral in the civilian work force.

So relay these coordinates and call in the arty! 

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#1. Assume

This feel-good hoo-ha won’t get anyone anywhere in the long run. But then again, I’m dealing with civvies so you shouldn’t assume if the person is female or male or straight or gay or bi or trans. And some people like to crossdress so, if your company insists you be politically correct, you’ll just have to go with the flow or find another job. When addressing someone, you had best ask them first how they want to be addressed. 

#2. Sensitive

In my personal opinion, I think political correctness is all about being touchy-feely and being overly sensitive. It makes me want to draft you into service and face the real world instead of giving you a safe space. But then again, civvies are sensitive so you should be sensitive to other’s feelings when it comes to calling them by a certain pronoun. Some people will get offended if you call them other than their preferred pronoun. An example is a gay/lesbian. The gay would love to be called “ma’am” and the lesbian would love to be called “sir” and calling them any other way wouldn’t make things easy.

#3. React

Now, being a Workplace Marine, I normally tell my troops do not fire unless fired upon. That means, if they fire at you, just shoot back. But in this case, in the civilian workplace and assuming you have knowledge of the individual’s preferred pronoun, you must call them by that appropriate pronoun. Otherwise, you’ll be in a not-so-friendly world.

Reference: A Guide to Using Pronouns and Other Gender-Inclusive Language in the Office