@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.)
Friday: $104, a new metrocard (it's a necessity, but ughhhhhhhhh THREE DIGITS) $39, cleanser and moisturizer at Lush $2.50, bread and tea from a Chinese bakery Saturday: $33, utensils and a dish rack for my new apartment $5, pizza for dinner $15, of the $80 I owe my friend for a split hotel room in July for a wedding Sunday: $1, bread from a Chinese bakery Monday: $25, a trash can, aluminum foil, and other misc. junk from Target Total: $224.5 jfc that seemed like way less money when I was spending it. D: