The politics of pronouns and abuse
Both more and less than it seems.
- From that: "... the New York City Commission on Human Rights is demanding that employers, landlords, professionals and 'all businesses' ... ask people their preferred gender pronoun from their first interaction."
The lawyer Eugene Volokh writes more in the Washington Post about the huge problems of practicality, legality and constitutionality involved.
- So the first counter-claim from @Dedalvs is it's all fictional clickbait.
- Which it isn't.
- So the second counter-claim from @Dedalvs is that it's perfectly OK. Nothing wrong. The first counter-claim has been totally forgotten.
- @sebastianmuno10 makes a point of possible risks in implementation.
- Pity it's not a "fictional clickbait" thing, yes? Somehow that does seem a contradiction there.
- @sebastianmuno10 hopes for moderation in implementation and leniency in punitive enforcement.
- @CathyYoung63 makes two points here. Neither is a linguistic matter; the first is a matter of ethics, politics and philosophy of language, not the linguistics of language. The second is a matter of ethics and politics, the language being a given and almost irrelevant. The linguistics is not the question.
- @Dedalvs doesn't actually answer any point brought up so far, but rejects that there is any problem with the announced policy (after having at first claimed it was fictional garbage, but that got forgotten).
- Note that here @CathyYoung63 makes a clear point about the social politics and ethics of what someone can demand of others (in relation to pronouns). The point is not about language as such.