I don’t like “they/their” pronouns personally because it has a connotation in mainstream speech patterns of distance, “they/their” is used where gender is unknown with the assumption being that you don’t know the person you’re talking about and they might be potentially changed for a different person. It is the verbal equivalent of a null value. The advantage to “invented” or “imported” pronouns is that they carry their own weight, saying “I know this person, I know what pronouns they prefer and I acknowledge their identity” rather than “I don’t know the gender of the person I’m talking about”.


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