This article was published on August 16th, 2022
Have you found yourself struggling to tell people which pronouns you prefer being called? If so, you’ll understand why Demi Lovato has updated her pronouns from they/them to she/her.
Gender is fluid, but only in the western world is the idea controversial. And, why is it important to embrace the once known as “Themi Lovato” for her true identity and refer to her using her correct pronouns?
First, let’s get bring some context to the article.
Demi Lovato comes out as non-binary.
Demi Lovato announced to the world she was non-binary in May 2021.
It shook up the music industry and shed a positive light on acceptance. Of course, there was some backlash, with well know Celebrities like Piers Morgan calling her “attention-seeking.”
Some people may feel she’s attention-seeking, but aren’t we entitled to live as we feel? Why are people so against someone being happy?
It mostly comes down to a lack of education. When we talk about the third gender, the concept is not new. It’s only in English-speaking countries people get their feathers ruffled up.
The idea of a third gender is older than America and Canada combined.
The concept of a third gender has existed for thousands of years in Mexico. The indigenous of Oaxaca are called Muxes.
All throughout history, we can see references to a third gender.
Greek culture was famous for its openness toward sex and gender. It’s no surprise that one of the most famous instances of gender nonconformism comes from Greek mythology—Hermaphroditus (which gives us the word “hermaphrodite”).
Hermaphroditus was Hermes and Aphrodite’s son, but according to myths, nymphs raised him. Salmacis fell madly in love with Hermaphroditus. Salmacis and Hermaphroditus were fused into one, resulting in a half man, half woman.
In Indian culture, there is also a third gender.
There are references to the third gender throughout the texts of India’s three ancient spiritual traditions: Hinduism, Jainistm, and Buddhism.
Ancient Hindu scriptures talk about the third gender category and different sexualities.
The concept of the “third gender” has been discussed for centuries in various cultures, including India, China, Japan, Greece, Egypt, Rome, and even medieval Europe.
Demi Lovato shows us that as we grow older, we can change.
So, now we know that gender should not be a huge problem. Still, people attack some members of our community. Now more than ever, it’s important to highlight and accept Demi Lovato’s changing pronouns.
It helps members of our community that may be struggling to accept themselves. When celebrities share their personal lives and experiences, it can increase acceptance. More importantly, it helps us know that everyone experiences our struggles.
Life is a roller coaster. Few things are set in stone. Why should we limit our identity and pretend it is static? Think about when you were in high school. Have you changed?
If so, let us know a change in your life that led to something positive in the comments below.
Embrace your identity.
Acceptance is hard to come by in this ever-changing and increasingly cruel world. But, if you accept your identity and allow it to change as Demi Lovato has, you will always feel happier.
Demi Lovato has showcased that we can change and embrace our identity. Having said that, how do you feel about the pronoun changes? Do you feel that Demi is an attention seeker? Or do you think it is fantastic that she’s embracing new pronouns?
Let us know below, and don’t forget to tell us about how you’ve changed since high school.