Daniel Halliday
Apr 4 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Is the English language in need of gender neutral/third gender pronouns?
The topic of gendered pronouns and the need for more inclusive pronouns remains a controversial debate. Arguments of inclusivity and inequality often get countered with claims against compelled speech or arguments for the protection of freedom of speech. Efforts have been made to introduce a gender-neutral pronoun into the Swedish language, with "hen" being added to the traditional "han" and "hon" male/female personal pronouns. Does the use of gendered pronouns in the English language need to change to accommodate transgender/gender queer individuals?
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Yes – More should be done to compel people to use neutral pronouns
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Other speech needs to be compelled to deal with wider spread negative social issues
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It is a lie to mix up genders and sex
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Language cannot be changed artificially
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Yes there is a need for English gender neutral pronouns
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Yes – More should be done to compel people to use neutral pronouns

Some Cultures already have a tradition of recognising a third sex, and we should be at a point where we are open to learning from each other’s cultures and be happy to absorb positive influences from elsewhere in the world. In this way speech and culture need to be compelled in order to become more open and accepting of those in society that are in desperate need of having their human rights protected. Transgender and gender non-binary people are at a much greater risk of suicide and societal violence and these people, and their identities, need to be protected and respected as much as other peoples races and religions are, and that should be achieved through legislative changes. Societies need to go further than legislation such as Bill C-16 in Canada and other English speaking countries, and all other languages without a neutral pronoun, should be more accommodating to gender non-binary individuals.

youtube.com/watch?v=9iKHjl5xAaA

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Other speech needs to be compelled to deal with wider spread negative social issues

Arguably there are other aspects of the English language need addressing before gender pronouns, and language issues surrounding race are currently a lot more controversial and cause more widespread suffering than gender. Other language needs to be changed or considered at least before artificially adding new language to accommodate such a small minority of people, should we instead first concentrate on stopping the use of terms such as “people of colour”?Should we be describing issues as complex and variable as race and ethnicity with simple colours when the discrepancies are numerous and thinking of a person as a colour communicates so little of the person’s background and culture and tells you nothing of the individual. Yet thinking in this way has led and continues to lead to massive race based social problems in many parts of the world.

npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/03/30/295931070/the-journey-from-colored-to-minorities-to-people-of-color

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It is a lie to mix up genders and sex

Gender is an expression of biological sex and has traditionally enabled people to carry out social roles, thus knowing how to conduct themselves in society. Transgender people have traditionally wanted to transition to the opposite sex and carry out the reverse of their natural gender role. But the new concept of gender fluidity is an erosion of social norms, and is effectively trying to compel the rest of society to play along with an individual’s gender based mental fantasy or game. Furthermore efforts to broach this issue within education and introduce concepts of transgender and gender fluidity into schools is in essence lying to children, it is introducing scientific falsity as fact which is both confusing and damaging to their education and development.

youtube.com/watch?v=QJt-rbjswdM

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Language cannot be changed artificially

People cannot be compelled to use certain language artificially, and language will enter the vernacular through greater understanding and acceptance of the transgender and gender queer communities. This won’t work regardless of the morality behind it, as it’s futile to compel speech, more effort should be put into educating and making Trans people more socially excepted, appropriate language will follow on from that. It is not natural to artificially change a language and not how language evolves, therefore legislation such as Canadian bill C-16 has already led to misinterpretation in practice, for example in Lindsay Shepherd's case where she was disciplined for showing a clip of a debate of gender pronouns in a university lecture.

nationalpost.com/news/politics/what-the-wilfried-laurier-professors-got-wrong-about-bill-c-16-and-gender-identity-discrimination

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Yes there is a need for English gender neutral pronouns

In any modern society where human rights and rights of gender queer minorities are protected, there is a very real need and necessity to include language to accommodate all individuals in society. Just as the institution of marriage has changed in many countries in recent years to accommodate same-sex relationships, language needs to change to accommodate gender atypical minorities that may commonly be victims of abuse and discrimination. However the best way to protect people’s rights regarding freedom of speech is not to compel people to say things but to give them more options of what to say, the rest needs to come down to education and a speakers intention and civility. uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns

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