As these days only about 17 people read this blog I am no longer afraid of delving into issues where opinions are frowned upon.
Apparently, these days, people need to choose what pronoun they want to be used for their gender identity. Pronouns used to be an easy thing. If you were male your pronouns, were He/Him/His, female then it was She/Her/Hers.
If you were gay it didn’t matter. Gay man, still He/Him/His. Lesbian, still She/Her/Hers. Recently it seems some people who are male, identify as female and they want to be referred to with female pronouns, and some women choose male pronouns.
OK, confusing, but I can adjust. If it makes a person happy, what do I care.
Then we have people who aren’t sure what gender they identify with. These people do not want traditional pronouns. Instead of He/Him/His or She/Her/Hers the preferred pronouns are They/Them/Theirs.
Why, I wonder is this so important to some people?
If I refer to someone with other then their preferred pronoun, how do they even know? When do you refer to a person with a pronoun when that person is present?
If I am present, USE MY NAME. Hello, I’m in the room, why are you using my pronoun?
What really is the ice water on my bad tooth, is the use of pronouns in the media. Apparently news articles do not want to offend the .01 percent of the world that does not know what gender to identify as, so they choose the They/Them/Theirs as the default pronoun.
When I read, “A person stabbed a person when they accidently bumped into themselves.” I get confused.
What, was it one person, several persons…WHAT? Then I realize it was the default pronoun being used. Why? Did the stabber and stabbee request the gender confused pronouns, or was the reporter just afraid of offending anyone? If so, why wouldn’t the gender confused pronoun offend either the stabber or the stabbee if they were not gender confused?
Damn, now I am really confused. Could we just use a non-plural pronoun to represent a single gender confused person? How about Himer/Sheim/Hershims.
It just seems to me that if you are a man or women who is unsure of what gender to identify as, your pronoun should not be your biggest concern.
However, since it apparently is so important, my preferred pronoun is “Youse Guys.” If I am present you can just use "Cranky."