Footage of a Navy instructional video on how to use the “correct” pronouns went viral on Monday.
“Using the right pronouns is a simple way to assert someone’s identity,” Jony Rozon, an engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, says in footage from the video posted online.
“It’s a sign of acceptance and respect,” he continues.
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Using acceptance and respect is key to forging a safe space for everyone, according to the training video.
Inclusive language is crucial to achieving this, the video explains.
“Instead of saying something like ‘Hi guys,’ you can say ‘Hi everyone,'” Rozon explains.
According to the video, including pronouns in emails and introducing themselves with pronouns are also steps sailors can take to mitigate the risk of confusing someone.
However, if a gender error occurs, the video indicates that there is action to be taken.
“You correct yourself and move on, or you accept the correction and move on,” says Conchy Vasquez, an engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.
“The most important thing I can tell you is don’t put the burden of feeling good about your mistake on the person you just mistreated.”
While gender errors are terrible, another person shouldn’t be pressured into disclosing that person’s pronouns, according to the video.
“Some people may be going through the discovery process, and they’re not ready to tell you what their pronouns are yet, and that’s okay,” according to Vasquez.
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The Washington Examiner could not find evidence of pronoun or safe space training for other countries’ armed forces.