rebelraising: (searle-pronouns)
[personal profile] rebelraising
Hello! This is the No Gendered Pronouns Day nexus post - if you've written about how the day is going/ has gone for you, could you link your writings in comments? And if you've mentioned this on your LJ, could you ask people to come here and post their links? I think it will be interesting to see what the challenges are for people in different places, speaking different languages, living different lives...

As for me, I've slipped up a dozen times already, under close interrogation from my firstborn at 6.15am. Clearly, that's going to be my biggest challenge.

Date: 2007-07-11 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've slipped up once already in email! Since then, my longest conversation has been with my breakfast . . .

Post 1:

Date: 2007-07-11 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not officially doing it but I guess I still could, since *my* longest conversation has been with the cat, so it hasn't exactly been challenging yet.

Date: 2007-07-11 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When it comes to cats I sometimes feel as if the pronouns are "baby" and "bastardface". This says bad things about me, I know.

Date: 2007-07-11 08:28 am (UTC)
ext_9215: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
First thoughts. No slip ups yet, but only me and the sprog at home, so there's plenty of time.

Date: 2007-07-11 09:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Crap, I forgot all about this until now, and have already transgressed about twenty times this morning. So, starting from now, 10.24 am, I am making a concerted effort.

Date: 2007-07-11 10:40 am (UTC)
jinty: (amulet)
From: [personal profile] jinty
I'm not officially doing it, but did think about it during a meeting just now and did pretty well - though I did end up using gendered pronouns a couple of times.

Date: 2007-07-11 03:47 pm (UTC)
jinty: (amulet)
From: [personal profile] jinty
And I did end up writing about it, here.

Date: 2007-07-11 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My first post is here.

Date: 2007-07-11 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aaargh, I mean here.

Date: 2007-07-11 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the best I can say so far is that I'm trying hard. Most of what I've 'said' so far has been in writing, so it's fairly easy! I didn't completely succeed with my meeting. I'll post in a little while.

Date: 2007-07-11 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am failing miserably. Mostly I am just not talking to anyone, and listening to people blah their blah blah (not by choice, just apathy), but I have not been paying attention when I have spoken and, frankly, I am not up to it. At work it is just too hard to try to make sense in another language while discussing work topics without watching my words. Oh well.

[quickly checks post for genderisms]

:-D Gold Star for me!

I will be an online non-gender-pronoun-ed traballenguas! That is something, anyway.

Date: 2007-07-11 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd forgotten it was today because I am a tad frazzled, and then realized I hadn't slipped up much anyway. I suspect this is because I spend most of my working day:
  • talking to engineers about inanimate things
  • writing about inanimate things (and I avoid gendered pronouns in my technical writing by default anyway)
  • talking about myself (I suspect)

I am going home for dinner with my mum shortly, though, which could prove more problematic.

Date: 2007-07-12 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
...and indeed it did. I got away with talking about B's work outing by referring to him and his colleagues collectively ("They're going on a boat trip") or not using pronouns at all ("And how did he get on with that thing at work?" "Fine. Going well, apparently."), but was completely scuppered by watching a thriller on telly with my parents ("Who's he again? Is he the guy who pushed the girl into the car? And who's she?").

There was an amusing bit where my parents inadvertently participated in the day because my Dad had forgotten to ask his brother whether my cousin's new baby was a boy or a girl. Sadly, this stopped once Dad phoned his brother again to ask him.

Date: 2007-07-11 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
gchat is going to be my pronoun downfall!

Date: 2007-07-11 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And so are my icons. D'oh!

Date: 2007-07-11 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No gendered *pronouns* in that icon!

Date: 2007-07-11 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Trust me to use the one gendered icon I have, however, on a day I'm supposed to be aware of it.

Date: 2007-07-11 07:01 pm (UTC)
listersgirl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] listersgirl
I've slipped up twice today (that I've noticed), both times while having conversations about specific people. Also, one time I used "they" and it caused a lot of singular/plural confusion for the other people in that conversation. Oops. It's hard!

Date: 2007-07-11 08:08 pm (UTC)
ext_2034: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
As I said here, I'm doing well, but that's in part by way of being very very quiet.

Date: 2007-07-12 02:36 am (UTC)
ext_2034: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
...and much the same here, wherein I avoided a gendered pronoun by using a gendered noun.

Date: 2007-07-11 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I slipped up earlier whilst talking to myself and I'm wondering if that counts... Other than that sent a text to best friend containing 'he' and 'she' before I remembered.

I've been using 'it' over anything else, which is the main reason that my best friend is now not talking to me, as it thinks that I'm being rude to talk to people as if they were objects. I told it that it was being silly, and that I was simply dropping the gender, not making less of anyone, but as yet we have not reconciled.

I have noticed something strange though I wonder if anyone else is the same... I keep thinking of 'I' and 'you' and 'we', etc. as being gendered pronouns (especially 'I', probably because it's a 'personal' pronoun, so I assign my gender to it) and I keep wanting to use 'it' instead of 'I' or 'you'.

*shakes head*

It's weird, it's not something you'd usually think about, but I think I'd like to use 'it' for 'I' because I'd like to put me in with everything else and not have 'I' separate from 'it' or 'they'.

Anyway... I'm off to make my supper (cheese on toast) and reflect upon the day. I'm also planning on trying to keep this going for the whole week, as I haven't really been that challenged today, what with wednesday being my day off at college and work, and basically with me only speaking to people if I want to.

Date: 2007-07-12 07:43 am (UTC)
andrewducker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Turned out to be easy. Largely because both computers and money lack gender, and I spend most of my day talking about one or the other.

Date: 2007-07-12 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ungendered ad written for really really tiny toy duck named Lewis:

Never spoke to anyone but my cat all day, so using ungendered pronouns was no challenge.


Date: 2007-07-13 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All sorts of late, regrettably, but here is my entry about the experience.
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