Blog Archives for September 2014

Of Gender, Language, and Clarity: A Rebuttal (Guest Post)

Guest Blog from Sarah Kaiser
September 09, 2014

This is a guest post by Amy Frushour Kelly, coordinator of CFI-Long Island. 

In his September 2, 2014 blog post, Tom Flynn argues against the use of the singular “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun. He reasons that “[w]hether an individual is cisgender, is transgender, or occupies any intermediate point on that spectrum, the person in question remains an individual -- that is, unitary. Whatever gender identification you, the reader, might embrace, there's only one of you. ... The problem is that adopting a plural pronoun to denote a single individual invites just such misinterpretations.” Tom goes on to explain his point: the nonspecificity of a formerly plural pronoun to denote a singular.