Gender neutral pronouns in Vancouver schools

Students and teachers in Vancouver, British Columbia, can now use the gender-neutral pronouns “xe,” “xem,” and “xyr.” The move is designed to accommodate students for whom “he” and “she” does not fit or is deemed inappropriate.

For more, go here.

Thanks Justin!

2 thoughts on “Gender neutral pronouns in Vancouver schools

  1. I’ve posted this a few times on Facebook, but I think this is a misstep. They should have just gone with they/them/their. These are already pronouns in the English language that can be used in the singular form. They don’t involve creating new potentially “exotic” pronouns. I think xe/xem/xyr will receive a LOT of pushback and mockery from both opponents and fence-sitters, whereas they/them/their wouldn’t.

    And before anyone chimes in and says that they/them/their isn’t grammatical in the singular case: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/06/he-or-she-versus-they/

  2. seconded!
    Any set of neutral pronouns would receive pushback, but they/their/them has the potential to become mainstream fairly quickly if those who wanted neutral pronouns could agree on them. Divided, I’m afraid, we fall.

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