Mental Health

These 20 Psychologists Weigh In on Gender Identity

"I can say that a long history of using gender-neutral pronouns does not necessarily create a gender-enlightened society."

Speaking of vocabulary, Dr. David Ludden has addressed the use of gender-neutral verbiage in our everyday language and whether or not it is beneficial for promoting acceptance of gender fluidity. For example, fireman, mailman, etc. In a world that is increasingly pushing political correctness, it was only a matter of time before this concept expanded to include transgender and gender queer accommodations. One of the issues he raises is the level of acceptance (or lack thereof) in our culture for this adoption. People have inherent gender biases ingrained in them since birth, and it is incredibly difficult to break through such deeply rooted preconceptions. There is also the inherent division this kind of vocabulary induces as well as the academic pushback from grammar sticklers. 

"I really can’t say whether our adoption of gender-neutral profession names has led to a reduction in gender discrimination among the general public. However, I can say that a long history of using gender-neutral pronouns does not necessarily create a gender-enlightened society." David Ludden Ph.D.