Yesterday, Caitlyn Jenner was officially introduced to the world and now a Twitter bot is fighting back against any resultant transphobia in a pretty genius way.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, you’ll know that yesterday Vanity Fair published their cover shoot and interview with Caitlyn Jenner.
Former athlete and television personality Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, began her final gender transition in early 2015, undergoing breast augmentation and facial reconstruction surgery.
And, in the Vanity Fair article, she made the decision to officially introduce herself as Caitlyn and go by female pronouns.
I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015
As expected, a lot of people threw their opinions out there on social media and many, in the process, are mislabelling Caitlyn as a “he”, despite her explicit decision to identify as a woman.
So, in response, a Twitter bot named @she_not_he has been set up to correct any users who misgender her.
Whenever users refer to Jenner in their tweets using the pronoun “he”, the bot tweets a response reminding the person to use Jenner’s now-preferred female pronouns.
The account has already tweeted over 1,000 Twitter users to politely correct their mistakes – and is still going at a rate of knots.
It’s a simple way of fighting back against ignorance, but one that is making a small impact.
The developer explained:
A lot of people have been very gracious and apologetic in their replies to the bot. Some have even deleted their original tweets. It gives me some hope that the misgendering is just ignorance, not prejudice or anything malicious.