The Fandom-hosted Star Wars wiki encyclopedia Wookieepedia announced a major update to its character profile pages this week.
The update adds Star Wars characters’ pronouns to the profile info that appears at the top right of their pages beneath their profile photos. Along with the species and gender specification, pronouns now appear as part of character descriptions.
Wookieepedia announced the update on Twitter, writing: “You may have noticed a new field popping up in our infoboxes lately! We are now listing characters’ pronouns.”
The tweet includes an example screenshot of Commander Cody’s profile, showing his biographical information and then his physical description. His gender is listed as male, and his pronouns are specified as he/him.
Wookieepedia continued, explaining their reasoning behind the update: “It is always important to keep in mind that pronouns do not necessarily reflect gender, and by doing this we will be more accurate and respectful.”
In recent years, the admins behind the Star Wars wiki have made it a point to prioritize maintaining an inclusive and respectful presence in the Star Wars fan community. Speaking with Dork Side of the Force last year, lead admin Jordan highlighted his push to make the fandom a more positive place through the site’s work and social media profiles.
“One of the early things I tried to do was… figuring out: what is the voice of Wookieepedeia? What does the site stand for? What are we? Well, we’re a place where everyone can come together and geek out about this shared fandom. Doesn’t matter if you like everything, doesn’t matter if you hate everything. We all like Star Wars in some form or another.”
The addition of pronouns in Wookieepedia’s character profiles mirrors the kind of respect the admins behind the site hope to see more of across the Star Wars fan community.
Everyone has pronouns regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Wookieepedia has simply taken an extra step to ensure that all the information fans want to know about their favorite Star Wars characters is accurate and up-to-date.
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