Quiet Mind/Note on gender inclusive language
Note on gender-inclusive language:[edit | edit source]
For the generic use of pronouns with human referents, ‘E’ is sometimes used here for the nominative case (= he, she), and ‘hir’ for the other cases (=, e.g., him, her, his). We are fortunate that in English it is easy to make our language gender inclusive. There is no reason not to do so, and every reason not to postpone doing so. To use E or hir is as simple as to use ‘Ms.’ to refer to any woman (= Miss or Mrs.); and in speaking, the pronunciation is the same as currently used terms. That is, ‘E’ is pronounced almost like the word ‘he’, and ‘hir’ is pronounced exactly like the word ‘her.’ The term ‘hir’ dates back to Chaucer, though he used it as a plural (= their).