Too Many Gender Identifying Pronouns: The Decision Fatigue Paradox

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The nature and economy of language provide clues about which pronouns will endure in the Queer Community.

Pronouns used to properly recognize gender and sexual identities are a political act that disrupts the status quo.

However, what’s been missing from the ‘pronoun debate’ is the discussion about the nature of language and who or what will have the final say on which pronouns variations endure.

One the one hand, it’s valid to declare that proper pronoun use in favour of one’s identity is nonnegotiable and justifiable from the standpoint of diversity and human rights.

On the other hand, this viewpoint is missing an important aspect of linguistics with respect to the efficiency of language.

Specifically, the nature and economy of language provide clues about which pronouns will endure in the Queer Community.

Read the complete article on Th-Ink Queerly:

Too Many Gender Identifying Pronouns: The Decision Fatigue Paradox.


By Darren Stehle

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.