My pronouns are:

s/he/hir

(Neopronoun “s/he”)

Example usage in sentences:

  • I think s/he is very nice.
  • I asked hir if I can borrow hir pencil.
  • S/he told me that the house is hirs.
  • S/he said s/he would rather do it hirself.

Table:

Subject Object Possessive determiner Possessive pronoun Reflexive
s/he /shi/ hir /hɪɹ/ hir /hɪɹ/ hirs /hɪɹz/ hirself /hɪɹˈsɛlf/

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Examples from cultural texts:

Neopronoun “s/he” (s/he/hir)

  • A. D. AmorosiGenesis P-Orridge, of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, Dies at 70 (Variety), 2020; uses "h/er" instead of "hir"

    • S/he formed Throbbing Gristle in the mid-1970s with Chris Carter, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Cosey Fanni Tutti, releasing seminal industrial album “The Second Annual Report” in 1977. Throbbing Gristle released nine albums and broke up in 1981, reuniting nearly 20 years later.
  • Peter DavidStar Trek: New Frontier: The Two-Front War, 1997

    • S/he gestured in a friendly, but not too aggressive manner, and waved at the empty seat opposite hir. Selar hesitated a moment and then, with what appeared to be a profound mental sigh, approached Burgoyne.
  • Sharyn Graham Davies Challenging Gender Norms: Five Genders Among Bugis in Indonesia, 2007

    • S/he wears trousers, shirts, and t-shirts . S/he has short hair. S/he is attracted to feminine women, and s/he works in the capital city of South Sulawesi, Makassar, as a disk jockey. While Eri certainly does not feel hirself to be a woman, s/he does not deny the fact that s/he is female-bodied.
  • Michael A. MartinStar Trek: Titan: Fallen Gods, 2012

    • To refine hir focus and concentration, Eid'dyl retracted hir sensory stalks, effectively blinding hirself. Seeking the mind that the Old Records said dwelled here in order to see to the Undercity's repair and maintenance needs, Eid'dyl called out into the darkness.
  • Amanda Lock SwarrSouth African Transgendered Subjectivities: Exploring the Boundaries of Sex, Gender, and Race, 2003

    • Within this framework, social factors are deemed more important than physiological ones. Medically, Nhlanhla will have to be treated with hormones and surgeries at least into hir adolescence.

What's the deal with pronouns?

We all have pronouns. They're those words that we use instead of calling someone by their name every time we mention them. Most people use “he/him” and “she/her”, so we automatically assume which one to call them based on someone's looks. But it's actually not that simple…

Gender is complicated. Some people “don't look like” their gender. Some prefer being called in a different way from what you'd assume. Some people don't fit into the boxes of “male” or “female” and prefer more neutral language.

This tool lets you share a link to your pronouns, with example sentences, so that you can show people how you like to be called.

Why does it matter? Because of simple human decency. You wouldn't call Ashley “Samantha” just because you like that name more or because “she looks like a Samantha to you”. Or even if she does have the name “Samantha” in her birth certificate but she absolutely hates it and prefers to use “Ashley”. And it's the exact same story with pronouns – if you don't want to be rude towards someone, please address them properly. The only difference is that we usually know names, but not pronouns. We introduce ourselves with a name, but not pronouns. Let's change that!

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