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Blinken Cautioned State Dept. Staff against ‘Misgendering,’ Using Gendered Terms Like ‘Father’ in Official Cable

Posted on AllSides February 16th, 2024
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In early February, just days after the United States launched dozens of strikes against Iranian-backed militants in retaliation for the killing of three American soldiers, Secretary of State Antony Blinken finally found time to provide guidance to his staffers on a really, really pressing issue facing the nation: the threat of “misgendering.”

Making assumptions about another person’s gender identity based on their appearance or name “can be problematic” and send a “harmful, exclusionary message,” Blinken wrote in a February 5 cable, which instructed State Department employees to avoid using common terms like...

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