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Sweden Introduces New Gender-Neutral Pronoun, Makes Being a Man ILLEGAL
http://jezebel.com/sweden-introduces-new-gender-neutral-pronoun-makes-bei-472492079 ^ | 4-11-2013 | Lindy West

Posted on 05/01/2013 3:11:27 PM PDT by Maelstorm

No, JK, JK. Everyone's manhood and womanhood and non-binaryhood is still intact, no matter what the conservative gender-apocalypse-mongers are sure to do with this story. You can still be whatever gender you want to be, and embody whatever stereotypes you want—from swaggering alpha douche to limp lily on the fainting couch.

But the ever-progressive nation of Sweden has introduced a new gender-neutral pronoun—hen (neither the masculine han nor the feminine hon)—into its official National Encyclopedia. It's a heartening step in broadening the concept of gender and giving institutional validation to those for whom gender is more complicated than the stiff old male/female dichotomy. (And this is just an aside, but it brings to mind the aggressive challenges to gender in the new album from Swedish band The Knife.)

Here's Slate: Hen was first mentioned by Swedish linguists in the mid-1960s, and then in 1994 the late linguist Hans Karlgren suggested adding hen as a new personal pronoun, mostly for practical reasons. Karlgren was trying to avoid the awkward he/she that gums up writing, and invent a single word "that enables us to speak of a person without specifying their gender. He argued that it could improve the Swedish language and make it more nuanced.

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(Excerpt) Read more at jezebel.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: gender; genderneutral; homosexualagenda; neutral; ssm
This is what is coming post SSM. It isn't enough to simply coexist or be tolerant they intend to transform society and not just in Sweden. This pernicious roots are already taking hold here with teaching grade schoolers about multiple genders and encouraging kids to participate in same sex experimentation.
1 posted on 05/01/2013 3:11:27 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

They can use any wordings they want, but when it comes to stuff like electric and plumbing, there will always be a male and female fitting or plug.


2 posted on 05/01/2013 3:13:32 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Maelstorm

You’ve GOT to be kidding me. HEN?

Please.


3 posted on 05/01/2013 3:16:34 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Maelstorm

In Scotland, ‘hen’ is a woman - vocative term for a woman (e.g. ‘It’s aw richt, hen’), or a general term of endearment for anyone.


4 posted on 05/01/2013 3:16:59 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Maelstorm
But the ever-progressive nation of Sweden has introduced a new gender-neutral pronoun—hen (neither the masculine han nor the feminine hon)—into its official National Encyclopedia.

In other news, Swedish scientists say they have discovered a new number between 4 and 5. They will call it "bleen".

5 posted on 05/01/2013 3:17:52 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: Maelstorm

Making it harder to know what the other person is talking about is “improving” the language?

Um... no


6 posted on 05/01/2013 3:18:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Maelstorm

Is this not more or less what ‘one’ as a pronoun has long offered in the English language?


7 posted on 05/01/2013 3:20:54 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Maelstorm

Libs tried a similar thing in English several decades ago. It was a combo of he+she, him+her, etc. The resulting new preferred pronouns were about as ridiculous as the Swedish example.

Needless to say, the new preferred pronouns never got much traction. That was about the time MS or Ms or Ms. or Mz came into existence. [Is that still used?]


8 posted on 05/01/2013 3:21:01 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: stuartcr

But they’ll stupidly affix the male end to the wall with prongs sticking out to symbolize their mastery over the male end.


9 posted on 05/01/2013 3:21:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Maelstorm

So does that mean that the Swedish Bikini Team could be all dudes? Stop the world, I want to get off.


10 posted on 05/01/2013 3:21:43 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“In other news, Swedish scientists say they have discovered a new number between 4 and 5. They will call it “bleen”.”

So... your Post #5 should be actually be Post #bleen ?

:)


11 posted on 05/01/2013 3:23:24 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Maelstorm
feminine hon

Femi-nazi's would not allow that!
12 posted on 05/01/2013 3:23:37 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Paine in the Neck
In Scotland, ‘hen’ is a woman

In Farmland, 'hen' is a female fowl of an older age. As in 'you old hen!'
13 posted on 05/01/2013 3:25:53 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
So does that mean that the Swedish Bikini Team could be all dudes?

You just made me dig my eyeballs out with a rusty melon scoop. Thanks a lot.

14 posted on 05/01/2013 3:26:02 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Maelstorm

I want to know what the Swedish Roosters have to say about all this.


15 posted on 05/01/2013 3:28:25 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Maelstorm

Sweden where they made it unPC for a man to stand while peeing. The effort to make standing and peeing illegal thankfully failed. I wonder how many men in Sweden were brow beaten into sitting and peeing?


16 posted on 05/01/2013 3:28:48 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: TomGuy
In Farmland, 'hen' is a female fowl of an older age. As in 'you old hen!'

There's some of that in the Scottish usage, at least in the area of the west highlands. It has a bit of 'old dear' flavor to it.

17 posted on 05/01/2013 3:28:56 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: cripplecreek

I doubt that


18 posted on 05/01/2013 3:30:39 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Maelstorm

We’ve had one of those for a while now - “it”. They’re welcome to borrow ours.


19 posted on 05/01/2013 3:36:19 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Maelstorm
I believe that this acronym is appropriate:

She
He
It, or
Transgendered.

20 posted on 05/01/2013 3:37:40 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Maelstorm
that rumbling you hear is the collective souls of the Vikings rolling over in their graves
21 posted on 05/01/2013 3:38:07 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 9YearLurker

Not at all. This is a concerted effort specifically to blur gender. Read the whole story.


22 posted on 05/01/2013 3:40:42 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country wasn't founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: Chode

It would be awesome if a time rip occurred and a whole fotila of Historical Vikings found themselves in modern Sweden. They’d put things right. :-)


23 posted on 05/01/2013 3:42:28 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country wasn't founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: Maelstorm

Gives a new meaning to ‘henpecked.’


24 posted on 05/01/2013 3:45:04 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Yeah. Sweden is over run with progressive leftist nuts. They don’t allow homeschooling, they don’t allow freeplay or playing with toys cars because it might encourage gender normative behavior because nothing is as horrible as being a normal little boy or girl. Someday these people are going to find out the meaning of going too far.


25 posted on 05/01/2013 3:46:54 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country wasn't founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: Maelstorm

And so Newspeak marches on. The goal, of course is to make it impossible to express a non-PC thought because the language simply won’t be there. Think about it. If a child is taught that there is only the single word “hen” available to use in speaking and writing, the distinction between the sexes will simply melt away. I don’t see anything good coming from this.


26 posted on 05/01/2013 3:48:24 PM PDT by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: Maelstorm; All

someone should tell them “hen” is female chicken.

Sweeden, the land of the female chicken.

let the jokes and ridicule commence....


27 posted on 05/01/2013 3:50:21 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Maelstorm

Hens are female all the time every time. Roosters would not exist without them.


28 posted on 05/01/2013 3:53:29 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: rockrr

We’ve had one of those for a while now - “it”.

I can think of a few females in Congress that would be a good candidate for “it”.


29 posted on 05/01/2013 3:53:58 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Maelstorm

I’ve been doing something similar in English myself. If I don’t know whether it’s a she, a he, or an it, I combine the pronouns and call them a She-He-IT (say it real fast).


30 posted on 05/01/2013 4:00:28 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Maelstorm
100%... wouldn't THAT be a hoot!
31 posted on 05/01/2013 4:01:07 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: TomGuy

“In Farmland, ‘hen’ is a female fowl of an older age.”

Yes, and one would think this Swedish peckerhead would know or learn this. Actually, he must be a capon.


32 posted on 05/01/2013 4:04:41 PM PDT by miele man
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To: jpsb

The Germans have a derogatory word for men who sit down to pee... “sitzpinkler”, which carries the connotation of something like “pansy”.


33 posted on 05/01/2013 4:05:08 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Maelstorm

Contemporaniously, Saab will soon be reborn as an electric car company.

=> When “hens” fly...!


34 posted on 05/01/2013 4:13:50 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Maelstorm

Somoeone got caught reading a snarky headline and took it literally. The Swedes are creating something in their language that didn’t exist yet. Rather than simply calling a person “it”, they’ve come up with a replacement for Han and Hon that is the equivalent of “it”, but not so impersonal. The article explains that. The lefties at Jezebel actually made the point that conservatives would react the way that many here have.


35 posted on 05/01/2013 4:31:25 PM PDT by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: Maelstorm

to think the Vikings were a fighting race, now they’re all pansies


36 posted on 05/01/2013 4:51:34 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: TomGuy

I kind of liked “waitron” myself.


37 posted on 05/01/2013 4:57:09 PM PDT by procrustes (You make Free Republic look bad!)
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To: PastorBooks
Could well be!

But as far as the new gender pronoun the Swedes have invented...I say they already have a pronoun that most will already be using if someone is neither 'he' nor 'she'.

"It".

38 posted on 05/02/2013 8:41:06 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: Maelstorm

Apparently, '1984' was a training manual.

39 posted on 05/02/2013 8:44:07 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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