[Ads-l] deadname (verb)

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 20 15:13:55 EST 2017


On 29 November 2014, Garson O’Toole talks about “deadname” and “deadnaming” (which may have a hyphen or space). The ADS posting includes citations for “deadnaming” and an Urban Dictionary entry saying “deadname” is a noun or verb.

Notably, _The Economist_ used the term in an article issued on 16 November.
https://www.economist.com/news/international/21731398-more-people-change-gender-they-are-sparking-debate-enrages-some-and-confuses <https://www.economist.com/news/international/21731398-more-people-change-gender-they-are-sparking-debate-enrages-some-and-confuses> 
"Making sense of the culture war over transgender identity”

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More than a hundred academics called for its retraction, saying that it caused “harm” to trans people, for example by “dead-naming” a trans woman, that is, referring to her by her former male name. They omitted that the trans woman in question was Ms Jenner, who often talks about life as Bruce.
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Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/deadname <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/deadname>, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dead-naming#English <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dead-naming#English>) has picked up the terms (no verb). The English Oxford Living Dictionaries have no entry.

Verb forms:

1. http://dailynous.com/2017/05/01/philosophers-article-transracialism-sparks-controversy/ <http://dailynous.com/2017/05/01/philosophers-article-transracialism-sparks-controversy/>
Philosopher’s Article On Transracialism Sparks Controversy
by Justin Weinberg

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She deadnames a trans woman.
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2. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/why-incorrectly-identifying-transgender-people-who-have-died-is-a-lack-of-respect <https://www.teenvogue.com/story/why-incorrectly-identifying-transgender-people-who-have-died-is-a-lack-of-respect>
Why Incorrectly Identifying Transgender People Who Have Died Is a Lack of Respect
by Brittney McNamara

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When someone gets dead named, it means the person's entire gender identity is erased.
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3. https://splinternews.com/what-deadnaming-means-and-why-you-shouldn-t-do-it-to-1793848137 <https://splinternews.com/what-deadnaming-means-and-why-you-shouldn-t-do-it-to-1793848137>
What ‘deadnaming' means, and why you shouldn’t do it to Caitlyn Jenner
by Meredith Ramirez Talusan

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But there are also many times when trans people are deadnamed as a way to silence and shame us, or to pointedly out us as trans.
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Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
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