Gender-Language Issue Swings Both Ways

By Anonymous

Our language does not compel its speakers ever to use a pronoun; an individual’s proper name is always an option.

Regarding Abigail Shrier’s “The Transgender Language War” (op-ed, Aug. 30): As for the author’s discomfort with using people’s preferred pronouns, I would remind Ms. Shrier that our language does not compel its speakers ever to use a pronoun; an individual’s proper name is always an option. For example, I may write, “I disagree with several of Abigail Shrier’s arguments” instead of “I disagree with several of her arguments.”

Heidi Schwartz

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