Sasha Bonilla

Recently I read a play called “HIR” by Taylor Mac for my english class. The play is about a veteran coming back home from war to a dysfunctional family or to a family that is not familiar to him. In the play the veteran has a transgender sibling who prefers when people use the pronouns “ze” (he/her) or “hir” (he/she) when talking about them. The play is a quick read and very funny, I highly recommend it. Just yesterday on the news I heard a story that said people such as employers, landlords etc will be fined if they do not use theses pronouns if someone request they be used. Everyone must be asked their preferred pronoun from first interactions. Personally I believe this is a good idea and is opening the door up a little more for acceptance. If people like to be referred to with certain pronouns others should be respectful of that. Some argue that using these pronouns forces others to use terms that are associated with a political message they dont want to endorse and that not using these pronouns does’t really qualify as harassment. I think this is more of an issue of personal self identity and respect than politics. What do you guys think? Leave your comments below and check out Mac’s play!

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  1. It is a good and opens the door to acceptance. But we have to remember that using correct pronouns isn’t on everyone’s mind. For example, when I meet a new person, it might slip my mind to ask what pronoun they prefer just because it is not something I put much thought into. It will be nice to change that part of our culture so that we might be more considerate of others’ identity. The argument saying “using these pronouns force someone to carry a political message” just shows how some people are inconsiderate. You have to check your privilege and be polite to others and consider their point of view. Even if someone was completely against the concept of transgender and they don’t want to recognize it as legitimate, you cannot impose your views on them. If they believe they identify as “ze” then who are you to tell them that they don’t. Just like you don’t disagree with someone’s name and you call them by their name, you should do the same thing with pronouns.

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