Actual Usage


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A discussion about Theory of Mind: From an Autistic Perspective: A discussion among members of the Autism Network International mailing list about Theory of Mind. Xe/xem/xyr is used occasionally when writing about “someone” or “a person” in the general sense.

A New Gender-Neutral Pronoun in Baltimore, Maryland: A Preliminary Study: A scientific article on the use of “yo” as a gender-neutral pronoun among students in Baltimore. (Must pay to view article; examples of usage can be found in the NPR blog.)

“Hermaphrodite Protagonist”: The Misreading of Bone Dance: Raphael Carter critiques reactions to Emma Bull’s book Bone Dance (spoilers for the book inside), using zie/zir.

Policies of Twin Oaks Intentional Community: The members of the Twin Oaks Intentional Community use “co” as a gender neutral personal pronoun, including in their official legal policies.

Regender: A “translator” which will switch the genders of subjects on any given website – swapping honorifics and common names as well as pronouns. Once you enter a URL into the program, you can choose to see any page with Spivak pronouns (ey/eir/em), sie/hir, singular “they,” or Douglas Hofstadter’s racially-gendered pronouns by clicking buttons on the upper-right corner of the page.



Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, GFP Style: A version of Alice in Wonderland modified to use Spivak pronouns (ey/em/eir) instead of gendered pronouns, converted by John Williams of the Gender-Neutral Pronoun FAQ. Sentences with now-ambiguous subjects due to these pronouns have not been modified for clarity, but rather left in place as-is.

Alice in Wonderland (exerpts): A few different versions of an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland, each using a different personal pronoun. I used these excerpts to give examples of the usage of each of these pronouns when I wrote the article The Need for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun.

Dicebox: A science-fiction romp through various worlds, in webcomic form. It uses the pronoun “peh” both to refer to people of ambiguous gender and in formal contexts where gender is considered unimportant. Contains mature themes.

Dirt Fugue: John Williams of the Gender-Neutral Pronoun FAQ wrote this short story using Spivak pronouns (ey/em/eir) along with a lowercase “i.”

Doom Patrols: A theoretical fiction about postmodernism and popular culture. The Original Spivak pronoun (e/em/eir) is used when talking about a general person or hypothetical person.

Odysseus, She: A modernized retelling of The Odyssey with the genders of the human characters reversed. The deities are considered gender free and are referred to with the gender-free pronoun phe/per/pers.

Orphanogenesis: An excerpt from Greg Egan’s novel Diaspora using ve/ver/vis for asex characters.


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