Skip to comments.#Monday Moanin’ - So Embrace The Suck
Posted on 03/12/2018 7:58:41 AM PDT by NOBO2012
My brother was kind enough to pass this article along to ruin my weekend: We Nneed the Singular They and It Wont Seem Wrong For Long. He thought it could provide fodder for my Monday Moanin post, and that it did, splendiferously. He noted that while it was written by an educated woman who clearly knows better, her allegiance to the 198 or so newly discovered genders demands that she take this position.
The article is written by Stephanie Golden, a ground breaking editor in her own right who has been serving humanity with gender equality copy since the late 60s.
As a manuscript editor at the New York branch of Oxford University Press, I helped engineer the next contentious usage shift. Feminism was acquiring legitimacy (much like non-binary gender identities today), and feminists pushed for nonsexist language, including alternatives to man and he as generics.
In other words she was a willing and useful soldier in the early years of the gender wars. She enthusiastically embraced all the silly work-arounds still in place today to pander to feminists and foul the English language. She can be held at least partially responsible for enlightened updates of previously mellifluous phrases such as to bravely go where no man has gone before to the mundane to where no one has gone before. So thanks, Stephanie, for neutering the Starship Enterprises offensive mandate. What else do you want from the English language?
As it turns out she wants it to solve the gender pronoun trap that has been laid now that people have been encouraged to believe that there are more genders than San Francisco has piles of human excrement. And she has even proposed a solution to the gender pronoun problem in the age of the non-binary, seemingly infinite, gender spectrum. And all we have to do to solve this intractable problem is embrace the suck.
She thinks we should adopt they as the English standards third-person, gender-neutral pronoun in all writing and speaking contexts. And dont worry, youll get used to the bad English in no time. So she ends up where progressives always do: acquiescing to a bunch of stupid people with a stupid solution in order to sidestep the sticky wicket of somebody, somewhere feeling offended by something. Thats seriously close to throwing out the baby (gender unspecified) with the bathwater
So she ends up where progressives always do: acquiescing to a bunch of stupid people with a stupid solution in order to sidestep the sticky wicket of somebody, somewhere feeling offended by something.
Thats seriously close to throwing out the baby (gender unspecified) with the bathwater
We can assume she agrees with the offended in this case, as we know that when progressives dont agree with those taking offense, their default action is RESIST rather than acquiesce.
But Steph has lots of backup in the pronoun war, where the only resolution is for the language to conform to accommodate the demands of the gender-freaks rather than expecting them to conform to normative societal conventions (all most assuredly established by white guys).
Now comes they, and I admit its a tough one. Paula Froke, the AP Stylebook lead editor, gives two reasons for embracing they: recognition that the spoken language uses they as singular and the need for a pronoun for people who dont identify as a he or a she. The first they, as in Everyone can decide which personal pronoun best matches their identity, is what people have been doing for centuries anyway; most of us already use it without thinking.
I really must interject here: the only reason people have been doing it for centuries by which I presume she means the later half of the 20th and the early part of the 21st is because the feminazis insisted we stop using he, him, etc. as a generic, genderless pronoun in such sentence structure. Up till then people may have done it but it was considered incorrect grammar, would earn a red mark when used in an essay and hopefully be pounded into your skull that it was NOT the correct use of the pronoun.
Until our author and other editors decided to advance the feminist cause by taking it upon themselves to refashion the English language by making it politically correct very few people of letters thought to use they where he sufficed. But ever since then language has been used as a weapon in the long war against men. But let us move on to the second part of Stephs argument for making they: and theirs singular as well as plural.
But the second usage, which raises fundamental questions about identity, society and the nature of reality itself, has met furious resistance.
A sentence like Carey makes themself coffee every morning they hate tea violate deeply engrained rules of grammar. Saying Lisa told me they love gardening calls into question basic categories of being. For many people, they is the untuned string that portends discord and chaos
Language evolves, and no amount of fulminating, or imposition of rules, can stop it. But more importantly, justice demands that we make the effort to accept they, themself or any new gender-neutral pronouns that achieve widespread use. A language that collapses male and female into man reflects a society that strips women of their separate being. And a language that collapses the spectrum of gender identities into male and female reflects a society that refuses to acknowledge the identity and very existence of a significant segment of its population. In the Trans Allyship Workbook (2017), Davey Shlasko writes:
The rule against using singular they is enforced neither because it preserves some consistent, objective grammatical standard, nor because it serves our communication needs. It is enforced because enforcing language norms is a way of enforcing power structures.
And there it is: PATRIARCHY! I knew it, patriarchy is the new progressive bogey-man (person?) that the tribe can huddle, offended, around.
Our editor/author concludes by saying that although she believes that using he or she worked if used well she still believes it must be dropped now simply because it leaves out other gender identities.
And we cant have that because, shut up!
While I still adhere to the there are only 2 genders rule I do have a modest proposal that could end this crisis of genderization. Could we all just stipulate to the pre-I-Am-Woman-Hear-Me-Roar era convention of gender neutrality? That is to say, in certain usage he, his, man, and men refer not to genitalia of any sort but rather to the entire human genus of Homo sapiens, regardless of which of the 198 genders you identify with.
I mean, lets not make this any harder than it has to be because its only going to get tougher. What are we to do once our fellow Earthlings no longer identify as humanoids at all?
Maybe we should be working on what well have to do to accommodate them instead of trying to reinvent the old gender pronoun controversy.
For the record, when they day comes, Id like to recommend the exclusive use of youse and youse youses as both singular and plural pronouns for all life-forms.
RELATED: From Gerard, SAY THE DAMNED PRONOUNS
Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
There are two sexes.
Male and female.
Everything else is delusion.
I clearly remember the announcement that Star Trek would be updating its trademark catchphrase, “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” Thank heavens, I thought to myself, they’re finally going to mend that hideously split infinitive! No such luck.
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it. - John AdamsThe second Adams quotation, above, reminds us, too, that, contrary to Progressive claims, the Founders and Framers of America's Constitution never formed a "democracy," as is explained thoroughly by John Quincy Adams in his "Jubilee" Address in NYC at the invitation of the New York Historical Society in 1839, which concludes with the following statement:
Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide. - John Adams, letter to John Taylor, 1814
" Fellow-citizens, the ark of your covenant is the Declaration of independence. Your Mount Ebal, is the confederacy of separate state sovereignties, and your Mount Gerizim is the Constitution of the United States. In that scene of tremendous and awful solemnity, narrated in the Holy Scriptures, there is not a curse pronounced against the people, upon Mount Ebal, not a blessing promised them upon Mount Gerizim, which your posterity may not suffer or enjoy, from your and their adherence to, or departure from, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, practically interwoven in the Constitution of the United States. Lay up these principles, then, in your hearts, and in your souls bind them for signs upon your hands, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes teach them to your children, speaking of them when sitting in your houses, when walking by the way, when lying down and when rising up write them upon the doorplates of your houses, and upon your gates cling to them as to the issues of life adhere to them as to the cords of your eternal salvation. So may your childrens children at the next return of this day of jubilee, after a full century of experience under your national Constitution, celebrate it again in the full enjoyment of all the blessings recognized by you in the commemoration of this day, and of all the blessings promised to the children of Israel upon Mount Gerizim, as the reward of obedience to the law of God."
Please read entire speech here.
There are some with both parts
Not many though
Do we tie society in knots over the delusions of thousands more?
Persian has no gender pronouns. ‘E’ works for he, she and it. If the use of gender in pronouns is what has held back English-speaking women (and of course those who aren’t sure what they are), then Iran and Afghanistan must be beacons of enlightenment for feminists and the gender-confused crowd.
How about male, female and sexually confused?
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