But what are pronouns?

The BBC has been letting the children loose on their website again. The result is An Article About Bespoke Pronouns.

How to be an ally to friends who’ve changed their pronouns

Walk away. Don’t linger, don’t express regrets, don’t wave, just walk away.

There is no such thing as “their pronouns.” Pronouns aren’t a thing you can possess. Personal names, yes; pronouns, no. That’s pretty much the point of them. Personal names are, as the title suggests, personal to the people whose names they are. Pronouns are the short items that substitute for the personal names because it gets weird saying the name over and over. They are necessarily generic.

We all like to be referred to in a way that makes us feel accepted.

No we don’t. That’s childish. We don’t expect third parties to refer to us in a flattering or cuddly way at all times and in all circumstances. In fact not only do we not expect it, we would find it creepy and intrusive.

That claim is a claim for narcissism. That’s what’s wrong with Children’s Leftism these days: it’s all about the narcissism. There is nothing progressive about narcissism. Narcissism is inherently right-wing, and it’s also massively off-putting to people who aren’t narcissists. Don’t believe me? Look at Donald Trump.

This can include the use of our name, gender and pronouns.

Non-binary celebrities such as Jonathan Van Ness, Sam Smith and Lachlan Watson have done a lot to raise awareness and encourage conversations about being non-binary.

Well by god we certainly do want to derive our understanding of the world from non-binary celebrities such as Jonathan Van Ness, Sam Smith and Lachlan Watson, right?

But there’s a slight problem, which is that non-binary doesn’t mean anything. There is feeling that much of one’s behavior and appearance doesn’t match the irritating social rules about which sex does what, but that doesn’t = being literally neither female nor male.

On the back of this, you might have seen some discussions about pronouns online. But what are pronouns, how are they related to non-binary people, and why do you need to know?

Using information from Stonewall we’ve put together a quick guide to pronouns. Here are some tips and questions that can help you understand non-binary identities, and what you can do!

Oh hooray, information from Stonewall, put together quickly by deluded children who work for the BBC – what could go wrong?!

And of course right out of the gate, they get it…wrong.

Non-binary is an umbrella term for people who don’t fit comfortably into ‘male’ or ‘female’ categories. Not everyone uses ‘he’ or ‘she’ pronouns to express their identity.

Nobody uses third-person pronouns to express her/his identity, for the very simple reason that we don’t use third-person pronouns to refer to ourselves but only to other people. That’s why this whole idea of having bespoke pronouns for other people to use when talking about us is such a non-starter: we can’t control that. We can’t control it, and it’s narcissistic to want to, and it’s narcissistic plus idiotic to think we can.

There’s a bunch more stupid shite after that. It’s the usual stupid shite. It seems the BBC twitter person didn’t like the reaction to the stupid shite.

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