Talk:Grammatical gender

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What to leave out[edit source]

I deleted:

However, some individuals identify as neither male nor female, 
and may utilize one of the many proposed gender-neutral person 
pronouns. 

It lacks "proposed genter-neutral person pronouns" and is inadequate without them. Also, I don't think we should add language advice that will be frowned on by most people. So unless we have some generally accepted examples, I feel we don't need this.

I also deleted:

Due to the lack of grammatical gender in English, removing gendered 
affixes is a common neutralizing strategy. This contrasts to other 
languages which may use newly invented neutral affixes (ex: -x 
in Spanish) or bigendered affixes (ex: -Innen in German). 
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I think English has no gender affixes to commonly remove; please show me some if I'm wrong.

I suggest we also delete mention of "herstory" (misspelling of "history") and "womyn" (misspelling of "woman"/"women") unless we include them only as examples of feminist language bending that might get a snicker at best but will certainly be frowned on if used outside a strictly feminist context.

What do you think? --Roger (talk) 00:02, 17 March 2013 (CDT)

With regard to the ones you have removed let's see what the original author has to say.
With regard to "herstory" - It does actually have its own WP article, so it's clearly part of the language - and language is what we are about. The same can be said of Womyn. So the words exist, some people use them and an English teacher might be asked about them in class.--Bob M (talk) 02:44, 17 March 2013 (CDT)