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Non-gendered pronouns

I'm not sure what inspired me to ask this question, but now it's come into my head I'm quite curious.


Poll #702835 Pronouns

Which pronouns do you prefer to be known by?

He (and his, him)
11(17.7%)
She (and her)
43(69.4%)
A made-up non-gendered pronoun (eg sie, zie, em, e)
0(0.0%)
It depends
6(9.7%)
Other
2(3.2%)

If you were talking about a generic person who could be any gender (eg: "A good doctor should always listen to ___ patients"), what pronoun would you use?

He
8(12.9%)
She
2(3.2%)
They
38(61.3%)
A made-up non-gendered pronoun
0(0.0%)
He or she
6(9.7%)
I would alternate between "he" and "she"
3(4.8%)
It
0(0.0%)
Other
5(8.1%)

If you were talking about a specific individual whose gender was not conventionally defined ("That person on TV last night who said ___ isn't either male or female"), what pronoun would you use?

He
4(6.5%)
She
0(0.0%)
They
28(45.2%)
A made-up non-gendered pronoun
11(17.7%)
He or she
4(6.5%)
I would alternate between "he" and "she"
2(3.2%)
It
2(3.2%)
Other
11(17.7%)

If you ever use made-up non-gendered pronouns, which do you prefer?



As usual, if you want to talk about the subject, comments are good. And yes, I was mean and used radios instead of ticky boxes. That's mainly because I get more comments that way, from people complaining that they don't like being forced to choose only one option!
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