February 8th, 2013

Let this world explode

Pronouns

I know no one person can speak for a community, but am I correct in my recollection that using 'shim' as a pronoun for transfolk is generally considered offensive? My boss just used it ("a shim") to describe a library patron (not within their hearing). I told her that was offensive in the trans community. She claims to have a lot of trans friends and that she learned it from them.

My thought is that its like using the n word in the black community- something they may do among themselves but offensive for an outsider to use. Am I wrong? Any transfolk care to comment?