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In Defense of Changing Pronouns

Posted by Troy on 30th October 2019 in Uncategorized

I used to mock the idea of adding bunches of new pronouns on the premise that “If you have a penis, you’re a man,” and “If you have a vagina, you’re a woman.”

But then I remembered, what is the point of language?  To communicate.  So if I have to say, “He, well.. he dresses like a woman, but he was born a man and had surgery and takes a lot of medications to look more like a woman;” am I really saving time communicating?  Maybe having a pronoun that conveys all this is a good idea.

But then I think of all the chaos that such a thing means.  That means that every time you meet people, you have to ask them their preferred pronouns and keep that straight the rest of your life.

So, I have another modest proposal.  We have “he” and “she” so that if there is a mixed couple of people, gendered pronouns can be used to keep them straight.  It doesn’t sound like gender pronouns are handy anymore.  So why don’t we use the gender neutral “He/Him/His” for all third party references.

Naturally, this isn’t going to fly.  So I have another modest proposal.  Let’s use “E/Em/Es.”

This will be really useful to texters that can now use single letters for all pronouns (I/U/E).

Long Live the Constitution!