'My name is Robert but I would prefer that you call me Bob.' It's just like that. You know what I mean? And if you were to insist upon calling that person Robert, you would be a colossal dick.
Paul F. Tompkins, succinctly explaining why you call people what they want to be called, whether it’s “little people” or “transgender” or “chairperson” or “Bob”. It’s not about being politically correct and it’s not about you. It’s about basic decency and respect. (via ericmortensen)
#when I started mentally replacing ‘politically correct’ with ‘respectful’#what was and wasn’t appropriate or valid to say was infinitely clearer to me#because being politically correct is about knowing the secret code and being invincible to being called out#and that’s not the point#the point is that if someone experiences the world in a way that I’m not used to accomodating#it’s my job to learn how to accomodate them