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For some reason, it really annoys me when people on the intarwebz use "zie" and "hir", especially when it is clear the person in question is a she or he.

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notfriedkasei
Jun. 23rd, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
It isn't always clear, though.
And not because someone looks androgynous.
Sometimes, people are afraid of coming out as trans, and every time someone uses a 'gender appropriate' pronoun in reference to them, it can hurt.

Gender neutral pronouns can be really awkward - hell, my partner is transgendered and I don't even use them - but it has more to do with the fact that they aren't commonplace and people give me funny looks, which is not always expedient or convenient.

Ah, convenience.
rinalia
Jun. 23rd, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
In the particular case I'm referencing (which I'm not posting about), it's very clear.

I do appreciate it isn't always clear and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Certainly, in the off line world, if I'm ever in a situation where it isn't clear, I'd ask and respect what the person prefers. And if someone prefers a gender neutral reference online, I'd respect that too.
surlynymph
Jun. 23rd, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I always use "they." I thought that was what you were supposed to do when you didn't know. I had no idea people even used zie and hir until just recently on LJ.
subpolka
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
When in doubt, I'm more of a "s/he" person. "Zie" just confuses me and "hir" is too reminescent of redneck laughter for my tastes.
tin_foil_hat
Jun. 24th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
I prefer them, and would use them more except they aren't in common use. I don't know why we need to define gender in our speech when it isn't relevant ("she went down to the shops" seems as unnecessary as "the black person went to the shops", unless the following story is somehow relevant to these aspects).
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