News and notes from around the interweb:
- I clearly need to update my post on Woke United Airlines as they’re telling employees to add their pronouns to email signatures and when introducing themselves to others (“My name is Jane and my pronouns are they/them/theirs.”). Fortunately I live in Texas so I can just refer to folks as “y’all.”
Pronouns are used in everyday conversation to refer to either the people talking (like “I” or “you”) or someone or something that is being talked about (like “she,” “it,” “them,” and “this”). We use gender pronouns to refer to each other’s gender identity and usually interpret or “read” a person’s gender based on their outward appearance and expression, and “assign” a pronoun. This can be harmful as the reading may not be a correct interpretation of a person’s internal, individual experience of gender. There are non-binary individuals who may identify as fluctuating between genders, having two or more genders, being third gender or even having no gender at all, so it is important that we normalize the courteous question, “What are your pronouns?”
Need I mention that United had men-only flights until 1970?
- 10,000 Emirates Business Rewards points just for registering by July 27. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
- Boozed-up Jet2 passenger had to be locked in plane toilet after trying to BITE cabin crew in drunken rage. It was a Jet2 flight, so a Hebrew phrase comes to mind… Ma nishtana ha-laila ha-zeh mi-kol ha-leilot.
- Qantas claims to have invented business class, is it true? Thai Airways used the words first, Pan An Clipper Class predated Qantas business class by a year, but Qantas may have been first with better seats in the separate cabin.
- I love this (HT: Paul H.)