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Submitted by Gil (United States), Mar 11, 2022 at 19:47

I was also surprised when I was first asked to choose my "pronouns" but I have discovered there is in fact a perfectly logical and supremely boring reason that might explain why the question arises, at least in some instances: Form fields in document templates. What I mean by this is that it is often convenient to know the "pronoun" a person uses to pre-fill some document - for instance, as an attorney I regularly use forms that I want to be applicable for the party or parties: If someone selects "her/she" then once then it could populate the form with "her name" as opposed to the annoying and clunky "his/her/their name(s)"...

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But in normal circumstances, it's perfectly obvious if you are dealing with a he or a she. Until a few years ago, no one ever needed to ask.

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