I have tried to avoid simply ranting and raving on my blog. I prefer to take some time and think about the subjects that interest me, rather than just pour out a stream of consciousness which I suspect would really just be ramblings, but I have had something going around my brain for a couple of days now, so it’s time to dump it out here.
I have read a few articles recently about people getting massively upset at being asked to either use someone’s correct pronouns (rather than them be mis-gendered) or use the word They in the singular.
I get that people find new stuff challenging.
What I don’t get it why this is such a big deal to them. What I want to ask of these very upset people is, are they upset at the words or the person? Do they really object to a change in language, or is their objection to those other people having the nerve to exist at all?
On the one hand…if there is a programme on the TV that you don’t want to watch, you change the channel. If there is a subject you are not interested in you leave or change the conversation. Why can’t they pick something else to think about if non-cis-gender people bother them so much?
On the other hand…SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP. The world does NOT revolve around you. Other people DO have the right to ask you (and everyone else) to use their pronouns correctly.
What depresses me most in the world are people who cannot just live in their own filthy little pits of hate, they have to spread the misery around.
I refuse to accept that crap anymore and if all I can do is rant about it here then so be it.
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Uh-huh this is so true. I don’t know how someone can get so angry about other people’s choices. If a man decides to become a woman how does that harm anyone else? My English teacher was very strict that ‘they’ and ‘their’ could only be used for more than one person. Goodness it looks weird to see ‘it’s a choice they made’ written about one person but I’ll get used to it. It doesn’t make me angry. The next time my coworker annoys me “suck it up buttercup”. neat.
I think the singular They is more common in the UK, it seems perfectly normal to me, but I do understand how it could look wrong to other people. I just don’t get why they think they have the right to dictate what others need or want.
(BTW, Congratulations on the blog!)
Didnt understand this attitude back with gay rights. Why do I care what two adults do? And folks seem to be more upset about gay men than gay women, which I also dont understand. Leave me alone, I’ll leave you alone. Why is this hard? Sigh. The more I know of people, the more I like my dog/cat/ferret/snake/companion animal of your choice.
I agree, but I think it is all based on fear, fear of the unknown or fear that they’ll lose some privilege and power if everyone else is treated as ‘equally’ as them.
If their actions didn’t have such life or death consequences for others I would pity them for their cowardice. (Also, how bland and colourless must their existences be?!)
More animal companions please…