The Navy’s Latest Instructional Video Is Raising Eyebrows

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Posted: Jun 21, 2022 8:30 AM
The Navy’s Latest Instructional Video Is Raising Eyebrows

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The United States Navy is raising eyebrows over an instructional video teaching sailors how to use the correct pronouns. 

"Using the right pronouns is a simple way to affirm someone's identity," says Jony Rozon, an engineer with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. “It is a signal of acceptance and respect.” 

Conchy Vasquez, also an engineer with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, then explains what to do if misgendering happens. 

"You correct yourself and move on, or you accept the correction and move on," she says. "The most important thing I can tell you is, do not put the burden of making you feel good about your mistake on the person you just misgendered."

Both wear rainbow shirts in the video, which highlights "the importance of using correct pronouns as well as polite etiquette when you may not be sure of someone's pronouns," the Navy said. 

The film, posted by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, is an Official US Navy Video by John Vannucci.

The instructional video was sharply criticized on social media.