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Mine is not a fight or quarrel but a concern. This concern is for language and rights. In the last decade, there has been a lot of strides in pushing rights for sexual minorities.

 

A lot of organizations have taken it upon themselves to change the terminology about gender identities. So, I was reading up the gender pronouns. And the question pops into my head, do we update the nouns as well. For example, instead of him or her, we now have zir and the likes.

Here is a table showing different gender inclusive pronouns

HE/SHE HIM/HER HIS/HER HIS/HERS HIMSELF/HERSELF
zie zim zir zis zieself
sie sie hir hirs hirself
ey em eir eirs eirself
ve ver vis vers verself
tey ter tem ters terself
e em eir eirs emself

Source: https://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns/

 

Does that mean we would have other words to describe so gender-specific nouns such as prince and princess, gentleman and lady, and the likes of it?

 

Creating a different set of pronouns is aimed at promoting the inclusion of different gender identities, but I think it would end up complicating the English language and other languages across the world. We may be trying to solve a problem, but we might be creating another problem our children would have to address. So, why create it? I just want answers.

 

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