Over the past few years society has become more aware of demeaning words, and as a result, a movement has arisen called the ‘politically correct’ movement. The aim of the politically correct movement is to replace discriminitive words such as gay, negro, secretary, and janitor, and replacing them with words such as homosexual, African American, administrative assistant, and custodian. This article explains how in the English language, ” Historically, we’ve defaulted to the masculine pronouns, but that’s become politically incorrect; on the other hand, defaulting always to the feminine pronoun can be patronizing.”  For example, generally using the pronoun ‘him’, when there is a possiblitity that you can be referring to a woman, the ‘politically correct’ thing to say is ‘their’. The author of the article arguess that using the pronoun ‘it’ could be dehuminizing; therefore, it should be avoided.

      I am personally extatic about the awareness people are displaying about the use of masucline pronouns for female intentions. The use if these pronouns are not only used in the example sentence used in the article,

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They are also used in job applications, oaths, school applications, etc. The fact that using female pronouns can be ‘patronizing’ is unfortunate; however, in this society I am well aware that men and woMEN adjusting to an equitable playing field will take more than a few yearsn to surface. The english language makes it harder to conform to an even playing field because you realized that it is not just society shaping the roles of gender (ie. CEO = men NURSE= women) but the language itself (ie congressMAN, trashMAN, etc)

Bryan A. Garner suggests ways to filter the masculine pronous by, “Delete the pronoun reference altogether. E.g. “Every manager should read memoranda as soon as they are delivered to him by a mail clerk.” Just strike out “to him” in this case.” Another way is, “Change the pronoun to an article. E.g.: “An author may adopt any of the following dictionaries in preparing his manuscript.” Replace “his” with  ”a.”


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3 Responses to They

  1. dalex019 says:

    Lately I have seen more of a push to use “ze” or “hir” as a gender neutral pronoun in respect for the trans community. Those words just like “he/she” often seem uncomfortable to use because, they just don’t flow very well in a sentence. I like the point the article made which is that sometimes you can just drop the pronoun and save yourself the headache.

  2. lumosliz says:

    Ack, I hate when people use ‘they’ but it’s probably because I’m a grammar nazi! I like to use ‘one’ but sometimes it makes stuff sound too formal… so usually I just write ‘he.’ It’s not that I prefer males over females, but I’ve used ‘she’ in the past and people have called me a feminist. I like the idea of switching from ‘he’ to ‘she’ when writing, but that can get confusing. This whole politically correct movement gives me a headache because it’s not like when most people write ‘he’ they’re intentionally being sexist or anything.

  3. dt3d says:

    I think that it’s interesting people are using “ze” and “hir”. I was never actually familiar with those terms before.

    I agree with you comment about the political correct movement, sometimes it’s not intentional. Indeed switching back and forth from ‘he’ and ‘she’ could get confusing, but maybe being refered to as a feminist isn’t such a bad thing. The term feminist has deemed negative connotations because many think of the women who are careless with their appearance and refuse to shave their legs. Beyond that, they are simply women fighting for equality.

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