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How the eff does this work? I mean seriously....


the cats I've known just sleep, mew, poop or lick their arses, no matter what gender. Hell the cat that I used to take care of at my job shit on windows.
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Are you raising the cats like that or training your self to refer them that way? The cats will not care, they what gender they are by instinct.
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Things got a little more real when Essence got sick. They were really sick....While all of this was unfolding, friends would ask me: How is your cat? “They’re better” or “The same. The vets don’t know what’s wrong with them,” I’d say. “Wait a minute—are they both sick?” people would reply, confused.

No, no no. You cannot use plural pronouns for a singular subject. And the only gender neutral pronoun in English is "it", so either call your cat an "it" or find a new word.
I cannot accept this simple grammatical logic is going to be on the losing side of history.

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I wonder how many people read the article before commenting.

It seems like a good idea to do if they think they will be around a lot of Trans people.
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I don't know, after all the hormone therapy and surgical alterations to go from 'he' to 'she' or from 'she' to 'he', being referred to as 'them' or 'they' might be a bit... anticlimactic?
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cyberfaust wrote:


Things got a little more real when Essence got sick. They were really sick....While all of this was unfolding, friends would ask me: How is your cat? “They’re better” or “The same. The vets don’t know what’s wrong with them,” I’d say. “Wait a minute—are they both sick?” people would reply, confused.

No, no no. You cannot use plural pronouns for a singular subject. And the only gender neutral pronoun in English is "it", so either call your cat an "it" or find a new word.
I cannot accept this simple grammatical logic is going to be on the losing side of history.



I have to agree on this one. "It" should be used. If it were a person and you felt awkward using "it" then you could just use "one" heck they use it here when they're talking about how the queen refers to herself.
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"Oh don't worry Fluffy, you can be whatever Gender you want to be, you can go hump the other boy cat if you want, I'll still love you" "Meow?"
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cyberfaust
No, no no. You cannot use plural pronouns for a singular subject. And the only gender neutral pronoun in English is "it", so either call your cat an "it" or find a new word.
I cannot accept this simple grammatical logic is going to be on the losing side of history.
It would be grammatically correct for a singular object/animal, however it has never been grammatically correct to use it to refer to a human. On the other hand, they was once grammatically correct as used as a singular for a person. It was phased out in America when there was a push to make he the default instead but that never completely took off and he or she has always been very awkward and needlessly wordy. Personally I am looking forward to the word they being once more grammatically accepted as it is far less cumbersome.

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