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Sweden adopts gender-neutral pronoun 'hen'


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#1    glorybebe

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:36 PM

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Finding a way to balance inequality between men and women has long been on many countries' agendas, but Sweden has taken it to a new level: it has taken gender out of everyday language.
The Nordic country officially added the gender-neutral pronoun "hen" to the online version of its National Encyclopedia earlier this month, Slate reports.
The new entry defines the Swedish word "hen" (pronounced like the bird) as a pronoun to be used instead of "he" and "she".

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Seriously?  This is going too far.  Absolutely silly IMO.:blink:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:17 PM

What must it be like to live in such a place?  It's an entire country that became a social experiment.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

I doubt it will make any real difference. I could say the same about the articles. German has three, while English has only one. Does it make much of a difference besides simplicity? No.

Besides, life in Sweden is very comfortable.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:05 AM

A hen reminds me of a famale chicken. Doesn't sound as neutral as it should to me.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:31 AM

i think every language should have a gender neutral pronoun, as some people dont feel like either gender and its easier for them if a gender neutral pronoun is accepted, as he or she wouldnt be correct, and it isnt polite.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:37 AM

View PostTheBanana, on 13 April 2012 - 12:31 AM, said:

i think every language should have a gender neutral pronoun, as some people dont feel like either gender and its easier for them if a gender neutral pronoun is accepted, as he or she wouldnt be correct, and it isnt polite.


Actress has become actor, authoress has become author, you are no longer a waitress or waiter you are a server.  What is wrong with being feminine?  Politically correctness is getting our of hand.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:38 AM

English already has a gender neutral pronoun.... It...


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:48 AM

im confused....theres nothing wrong with being feminine, or being masculine.....nothing wrong with using he or she, its just that there should be a third option other than it (which sounds rude cause you refer to objects as it)

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:36 AM

I'm proud to be a woman, I don't want to be in the same category as men.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:56 AM

I don't care one way or the other.





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