garrethdsouza wrote:for instance many prefer to be referred to as they instead of the noninclusive binary of he/she .
"They" is a plural pronoun, not singular. I do not consider this usage acceptable and I avoid using it like that. There is already a gender neutral singular pronoun: it. Unfortunately, people find this dehumanizing and are insulted by it.
If somebody wants me to call him or her "it", or call it "it" (if they like), I'm open to that. There's some argument that can be made that the word "it" should be reclaimed as acceptable rather than an insult, just as many words before have been.
We call babies "it", as in "what is it, a boy or a girl?", and constantly refer to them as "it"s before we know the gender.
We also ask "Who is it?" when somebody is at the door, or calling.
I call animals he or she to be deliberately not
objectifying them, even if they might object to the gender binary themselves if they knew what I was talking about (although I'm pretty sure caring about that at all is a human convention of [arguably justified] hypersensitivity caused by a long history of cultural prejudices).
I'm not willing to create extremely obtuse grammatical structures in all cases to dance around pronouns entirely, or to say "people", since that implicitly excludes animals.
Likewise, I find it problematic to say something like "that human", because it's weird
https://www.theveganatheist.com/forum/v ... f=15&t=854
See primarily Jebus' and my replies there.
If I can support Anti-binary-gender activism without compromising vegan activism, I'm on board and quite happy to, as I would expect any anti-binary-gender activist to also at least BE vegan (to not actively support animal cruelty), although I wouldn't expect him her or it to be "in your face" about veganism, particularly if that interfered with his/her/its primary goals as an anti-binary-gender activist.