Gender-neutral pronoun

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Lumenos, Gooniepunk, and Human sometimes use the Spivak (new) gender-neutral pronouns. The new Spivak pronouns are formed from the pronoun "they" by dropping the "th" (see chart).

This declension table compares Spivak new with other pronouns that can be gender-neutral:

Subject Object Possessive Adjective Possessive Pronoun Reflexive
(He) He laughs I hugged him His heart warmed That is his He loves himself
Singular they They laugh I hugged them Their heart warmed That is theirs They love themself
Spivak (new) Ey laughs I hugged em Eir heart warmed That is eirs Ey loves emself
(He/she) He/She laughs or s/he laughs I hugged him/her His/her heart warmed That is hers/his She/He loves herself/himself
(One) When one laughs If I hugged one If one's health improves Then it is one's cat When one loves oneself

Verb agreement[edit]

Spivak uses a singular verb, while "singular they" uses a "plural" one. I know this because I'm the only person you will ever meet who speaks spivak.


"Pat is hungry so they are going to buy groceries."

"Pat is hungry so ey is going to buy food."

Spivak vs more common "gender-neutral" pronouns[edit]

He/she (s/he)[edit]

He/she is clear and most everyone knows what it means already, but pronouns are supposed to save time and space. "S/he" is almost as short as "ey" but it is less clear than she/he.

Singular they[edit]

Singular they is proper English but it is rarely used and therefore may lead to mis-communication, especially when "they" could also refer to more than one person. Having more pronouns means better accuracy and less ambiguity.

He (gender-neutral form)[edit]

When used in the general sense, "he" may "mean" he/she, but this might only only be assumed from the context. It would be "lie"/unexpected to refer to someone who is known to be "female" as "he". As politically correct gender neutral pronouns are gaining in popularity, "he" becomes more strongly associated with the masculine gender.

One (the pronoun)[edit]

"One" works for many generalizations, but it sounds very awkward and is probably not a grammatically correct substitute in many situations (see chart).

Bestowing privacy[edit]

Lack of common GNPs often force us to reveal "gender" when one may rather not. The requirement of specifying a gender is like a social engineering technique which gender-neutral pronouns, undo.

General privacy[edit]

Any facts about a person may compromise their anonymity/psuedonymity. GNPs allow greater privacy or they prevent the incentive to lie about gender.

Genderqueer accuracy or privacy[edit]

Some people do not fit a clear gender type and many would like to experience life as another gender (temporarily). Obvious examples include intersexuals, transgenderers, transexuals, transvestites, and androgynes. Homosexuals, bisexuals, and pansexuals, do not exactly fit gender roles when most assume that everyone is hetrosexual. Therefore it is often misleading to say their "gender" is male or female, when sexual orientation is a part of gender.

See costumeParty.

Is this offensive? (and ramble)[edit]

I'm not questioning anyone's gender claims when using these, it just seems like gender-neutral pronouns should be default regardless of whether or not we know the gender. If I called you 'ey', it means I think you wouldn't mind. I'm not really sure, however. This has made some people uncomfortable in the past. I will probably try calling everyone 'ey' and see if they change it, complain, or stop posting. If you change it I will probably refer to you as your stated gender, because this is your choice. Lumenos 17:22, September 12, 2009 (UTC)

Now that I think about it, this would conflict with a policy of using verifiable sources, so I haven't decided. It is somewhat misleading. I would really prefer always use gender-neutral pronouns (except at the costumeParty, hell maybe all of Lumeniki will be a costumeParty zone). Lumenos 17:22, September 12, 2009 (UTC)