TikTok bans misgendering and deadnaming. We explain what this means.

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TikTok bans misgendering and deadnaming

In February of this year, TikTok’s community guidelines included for the first time a provision banning misogyny, misgendering, deadnaming, and any content that supports or promotes conversion therapy (also known as reparative therapy). While the first term is probably self-explanatory (misogyny is simply contempt for women), the next three terms may not be familiar to everyone. So we are in a hurry to explain.

What is mingendering?

Mingendering is one of the main manifestations of transphobia, which is the negative actions, feelings, and attitudes directed towards transgender and non-binary people. Minsgendering is the use of grammatical forms different from a person’s gender identity. In practice it usually means, for example, the use of the pronoun “he” for a transsexual woman, the pronoun “she” for a transsexual man or the use of gendered forms for a non-binary person (e.g. the term “singer” for the non-binary music, film and television star Demi Lovato). The intentional use of such misrepresentations qualifies as aggressive and violent behavior.

What is deadnaming?

Deadnaming occurs when someone applies data to a transgender or non-binary person that that person no longer uses. Example? Recently, this phenomenon could be observed, for example, in media mentions about a Canadian actor Elliot Page. Recall that the Oscar winner for the title role in the film “Juno” made a transgender coming out in December 2020. Despite this, until now it happens that some people continue to use against him not only female forms (which is the already mentioned misgendering) but also his old, female name.

What is conversion (reparative) therapy?

Conversion therapy is the so-called “cure for homosexuality.” It’s absurd, because you can’t treat something that is neither a disorder nor a disease. Experts agree: conversion therapy is extremely harmful and wreaks havoc on the psyche of those who undergo it.

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TikTok finally changing for the better?

Provisions to ban misgendering and deadnaming are just part of the wide-ranging changes to the platform that TikTok’s creators recently announced.

  • strengthening policies related to unsafe behaviors and challenges;
    A comprehensive approach to eating disorders;
  • more clearly communicating the types of behaviors and hateful ideologies prohibited on the platform;
  • enhancing the security, integrity, availability and reliability of the platform;
  • improving the recommendation system.

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