Ali Reza Hayati

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Gender-Neutral Singular Pronouns

However sometimes I address my audience as group instead of one person, I thought I should clarify my point of view about gender-neutral singular pronouns as I believe in equality between people no matter what their race, skin color, gender, or views are.

First of all, I respect people's choices of their gender. If a person asks me to call that person he or she or anything else, I'll do that. I believe one should have freedom to choose one's gender as we all are free beings. I respect all genders and I refuse to accept the belief that only two genders exist.

Now, if one doesn't express one's choice of gender, I'll call one "it". I believe "it" is a perfect gender-neutral singular pronouns. It can be used for men, women, transgenders, people with no gender, etc. and nobody gets offended.

But, still, "it" may cause some problems. For example there may be misunderstandings in some sentences such as this: "If someone asks me to talk to its smartphone, I'll tell it I don't want to". As you see, there may be misunderstanding in some sentences; for example, in mentioned sentence, people may get confused that I talked to the person or to the smartphone.

So I also chose to change some sentences and use "one" instead of person or "it". This is the way I write my sentences and talk to people. If you see any problem with it or have any ideas, please do contact me.

You can find another ways of calling people gender-neutrally by searching the web. There's an example on Richard Stallman's personal website.