Jennifer Lopez blew fans away when she took to Instagram and used gender-neutral pronouns to congratulate her sister’s child. Speaking with experts, HL learned how you, too, can use gender-neutral words & why it’s important!
Just when we thought we couldn’t love Jennifer Lopez, 47, any more, she took to Instagram using gender-neutral pronouns to talk about her older sister Leslie‘s second child, Brendan. And the best part? She didn’t make a big deal about it! Fans couldn’t help but notice and totally admire the fact Jennifer used “their,” “them,” and “they,” rather than “his/hers” or “he/she” when congratulating Brendan on a major honor. “This is Brendan my sister Leslie’s second child!!” Jennifer wrote on July 17. “They were the one person selected to represent their school at #globalyoungleadersconference in Washington DC!!! And I couldn’t be more proud!!! Brendan is strong and smart and loving and a obviously a leader!! Titi Jenn loves you!! #superproudauntie.”
While Brendan’s accomplishment is undoubtedly the focal point of J.Lo’s post, it’s also important to take note of her graceful use of gender-neutral pronouns — and to take a second to think about how YOU can use them effectively. “J.Lo did a great job,” Dr. Jenn Mann, author of The Relationship Fix: Dr. Jenn’s 6-Step Guide to Improving Communication, Connection & Intimacy told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Because there is no gender neutral singular pronoun she had to use the plural, which is the ‘they.’ That always makes it a bit awkward, but she chose to honor their gender identity over her having perfect grammar, which was an excellent choice.” Click here to see some of Jennifer Lopez’s hottest looks.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you love how J.Lo’s using gender-neutral pronouns? Do you think that’s an important thing to do?