I'm Having Trouble with Gender Identity Pronouns

by Mark

Perhaps someone can help me understand, or at least explain, the increasing use of gender identity pronouns when describing oneself.

Since December I have been following an amazing group of 'experienced Americans,' all aged 60 and over, who have launched an organization called ThirdAct.org.

Their stated mission is two-pronged:
1) stabilize the Earth's climate, and
2) stabilize American democracy.

Last evening I watched a replay of their nationwide call-in webinar from February. In a housekeeping preliminary, the group's new, young IT professional was introduced. After saying her name she said, "and my pronouns are they/she."

I had never heard that before and found it completely off-putting. What am I missing?

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by: Sandy H

It is used to recognize that there are more than 2 sexes that people now acknowledge. Some folks have felt omitted from society because they don't fall into one category, so this is a way of addressing that.

As for me, I don't use them. And because we live in a free society, I get to make that choice, just as those who choose to identify can do so.

Trying not to make this a political statement, just sharing.

Mostly The Young Folks
by: Ben, KY

Well, I have a granddaughter who is 14 that sort of explained this to me. Of course, as she told me "don't expect it to make any sense whatsoever, but it's all part of the extra genders that are out there today."

My granddaughter has a friend from school that goes by "they or them". I pointed out and she acknowledged that they and them represent more than one person. Doesn't matter today.

Now, when I was growing up in the 50s-60s things were more cut and dried. We only had two genders but we all seem to make it work. If you were born male you would be staying that way and if you were born female, the same thing-you would remain a female.

Now, it has become trendy to want to become transgender. Who even heard of this term in the 50s-60s-70s even the 80s. I think we all can agree that no matter what you're cutting off or adding on, you're never going to change your DNA.

So they and them avoid identifying with either sex-non-binary. That's fine as long as you are not dragging others into this. If you want to pretend to be a horse-I am fine with that but I don't think you will ever be allowed in the KY Derby.

I don't agree with biological men getting into women's sports. Or, sharing locker rooms, showers, etc.

There is a completely new language of terms that many of us "older" folks are going to have to learn. Whether or not you agree with all of it is going to be up to you.

by: Anonymous

I have no idea. I would hesitate to guess what the literal message is, and I would hesitate what the underlying message is also.

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