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5-24-2010 @ 2:15AM
Dawn-I hate to reply just to point this out and sound like a total douche, but "he" is in fact the neutral pronoun in english, and it is a true neutral pronoun. The issue comes in because many other languages have different ways of relaying gender information, and over the years political correctness has taken hold and so many believe and have begun to create this stigma that there are no neutral pronouns in english."He" as a neutral pronoun goes back to old english, where most of our modern day pronouns are derived from in the first place. "She" was not neutral, and did imply femininity. "He" was used to infer neutrality, with the context of surrounding discussion modifying it to be male. So then, a priest referred to as "she" is a female priest. A priest referred to as "he" is neutral until specifically stated that he is a boy. There is no rule in the centuries of english that has every said that "he" must be male, and quite a few that say otherwise.Unless, of course, you're one of those same politically correct people that are really that hung up and misinformed on our language. After this great read, I hope that's not the case.
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