Reply to post: Re: Good riddance!

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row

Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

Re: Good riddance!

It's about time people stopped pre-emptively taking offence on behalf of other people. If I refer to someone as "he" and that person replies with "I prefer to be referred to as she" then I should apologise and remember that for the future. It should only be considered offensive if I continue to use "he", or if I deliberately used it knowing I would cause offence.

I use a contraction of my first name which is now generally considered to refer to a man, but in the past was often used by women. If someone gets my sex wrong because of that, why should I be offended by what is clearly a genuine mistake?

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