There is a conversation that was started by a recently published game “Dawnfall” by @RoAnnaSylver … while this topic is related to others already began, I am opening this specific thread to address a key concept that is brought up by the specific conversation started by this game’s discussion.
I’m opening this thread by establishing some basics:
Gender Neutral / Gender Inclusive Pronouns
A gender neutral or gender inclusive pronoun is a pronoun which does not associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed.
Some languages, such as English, do not have a gender neutral or third gender pronoun available, and this has been criticized, since in many instances, writers, speakers, etc. use “he/his” when referring to a generic individual in the third person. Also, the dichotomy of “he and she” in English does not leave room for other gender identities, which is a source of frustration to the transgender and gender queer communities.
People who are limited by languages which do not include gender neutral pronouns have attempted to create them, in the interest of greater equality.
- he/she is nominative, his/her possessive and/or oblique, himself/herself reflexive
The key to better understanding is this key phrase:
Pronouns and Parts of Speech in English, with examples:
they/she/he: Nominative, the subject of a sentence or phrase (ex: ‘She went to town’).
them/her/him: Oblique, receives action from the verb (ex: ‘The booth worker gave them a ticket’).
their/her/his: Possessive determiner, used adjectivally for denoting ownership of a noun (ex: ‘Those are his books’).
theirs/hers/his: Possessive, denoting ownership, generally separated from the noun which is owned (ex: ‘The skates are hers’).
themself*/herself/himself: Reflexive, denoting an action done toward oneself. (ex: ‘They made themself a cup of tea’) or sometimes for emphasis (ex: ‘Yes, she built the shelving herself’).
Thank you @Fiogan
In the English language, there is no one acceptable standard. Here is a huge article going into the details if you wish to read it of the singular they:
Regardless, your posts really boil down to a matter of respect of people … you have a choice here to make:
Asking whether someone should be referred to as “he,” “she,” “they,” or another pronoun may feel awkward at first, but is one of the simplest and most important ways to show respect for someone’s identity.
As to why you should ask:
@HannahPS’ Sample Script To Use:
Hannah has gracefully made gender and pronoun scripting available that any of us can incorporate into our work here:
Tldr and Conclusion:
This all boils down to respect.
You and I don’t always need to understand “why” but to be a part of this community, you must respect others.