Does it ever sound weird to you when somebody says “she” (instead of “he”, “they” or the “he/she” combo) when referring to a general person?
“Generally, someone doesn’t become CEOs unless she has a high sense of purpose and cares deeply about the work she does.”http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/31/what’s-the-most-difficult-ceo-skill-managing-your-own-psychology/
I always thought that it’s overboard, that it’s a slap in the face of gender equality.
But then I went to check what would be the solution. And, you won’t believe it, but there have been at least 16 suggestions for a gender-neutral pronoun:
ne, e, ey, hu, hy, ot, yt, thon, ve, xe, ze, zhe, en, co, phe and per
Sounds like “thon” has been the most popular. How about this?
“Generally, someone doesn’t become CEOs unless thon has a high sense of purpose and cares deeply about the work thon does.”
O_O I’ll never bring up this subject ever again…