@Laurabean Oh yeah, I definitely want to be his intern because I think he'd be too nice treat me like an intern. (But I would still want to bring ya'll coffee! I know you like it iced Logan!!)
@Mike Dang THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT MAKES ME WANT TO INTERN FOR YOU (I can intern my way into friendship right?)
Okay, but I would love to be your intern because I just want to hang out and eat snacks with you guys. Snacks! (That's what I assume the Billfold office is like: all bodega iced coffees and gchat-spitballs. Basically I want to be your intern because, delusions of grandeur.)
@ThatJenn No worries! I think that was an important clarification point to bring up, and I'm glad it happened.
@ThatJenn Yeah, I definitely see/agree with your point that the conversation is center around describing people of unknown gender. But that was a really insensitively worded statement, and needed to be called out. There are ways of stating that ze/hir are awkward pronouns to use--even in "clever" mocking tones--without being dismissive of the entire pronoun (@siege91's exact word were, "should never be used for anything." Hard to be more dismissive than that.)
@siege91 Uh, can we please talk about your casual transphobia? "'Ze' is a linguistic monster" Oh, okay, let's just dismiss all the people who understand themselves by that term because it's "a linguistic monster", sure why not. Nevermind that the whole point of language is to act as signifiers. As others have pointed out, there are lots of different ways to phrase it that are just as convenient as using a singular masculine third person pronoun. It's reflection of a specific kind of mindset/culture that these other ways of phrasing never occurred to them. PS "ease" is no excuse for sexism THANKS
@Michelle @Mimi you two are both ME! I also have an undergrad anthro degree (with a concentration in race/gender/queer studies), did sexual health stuff in college, and work for a community health center now! I would love to talk to either/both of you about your experiences! Michelle, would you mind if I emailed you as well?
@MuffyStJohn What industry are you in? This is something I've never heard before!! (But would have saved me SO MUCH TIME OH MY GOD my school's entire career center has been approximately 100 times less useful than your two comments right here.)