From the Sacramento Bee:
BY ERIKA D. SMITH
APRIL 07, 2017 6:00 AM
Maybe it’s because it’s a four-letter word. All I know is, for a pronoun, the word “they” can sure tick a lot of people off.
It has been downright fascinating to watch people from both ends of the political spectrum break down and start foaming at the mouth over the prospect of using “they” as a replacement for “he” or “she” for people who consider themselves to be gender non-binary.
What else are we going to call someone who doesn’t identify as a woman or man? Apparently not a plural pronoun.
Just consider the uproar over the case out of Berkeley, in which a UC student, Pablo Gomez Jr., was accused of brutally stabbing an elementary school teacher to death. When Berkeleyside.com reported that Gomez preferred to be called “they” rather than “he,” an incensed mob descended on the tiny news site, overwhelming its servers. And that was before Breitbart got hold of the story.
Obviously, it’s only right and proper for the media to confuse the public over how many desperate killers on the loose to be on the lookout for. What matters more: informing the public accurately or winning World War T?
… About six months ago, when my partner told me that a friend preferred to be called “they” instead of “she,” I shook my head and immediately climbed on my high horse. “Journalists,” I told her, “are never going to use the word ‘they’ as a singular pronoun. It’s too confusing.”
She smiled knowingly. “Yes, they will. It’s already mainstream.”
They are coming. Like Jae put it: “You don’t have to understand it to be respectful of it.”
But what about those who prefer xe and xer? What about xit?
I think xit is it.