You’re It!

2 Dec

The English language has no non-gendered pronouns for sentient beings. We must be he, or she. The only other polite options are plural; they, them. Us. We.

But if ungendered, and left to our own solitary devices; we are left with it.

She and he both act and are acted upon, but what of it? It never is the actor, it always is acted upon, or just happens, as with monsters. It has no acceptable agency. It just is, like it or not.

So what of who is it? What of those who are allowed none of this ever so critical thing, this business of careful gendering language?

We see a stray dog. “Look at him, he’s loose,” we say. We see a thousand stray dogs, always male unless demonstrably otherwise.

We watch birds flocking, call them beautiful. One alights near us, and “Look, it trusts us.”

If we are fortunate enough to walk among trees, and think to speak of them, in a manner that requires pronouns; then the tree is losing its leaves. The stump is losing its bark.

These things just happen. Stray dogs die, trees are killed. It’s just the way it is. It’s nothing to be concerned about. There’s nothing you can do about it.

But it’s nice out today. It’s just the way it is. Don’t worry about it. It will get better. It’s all right.

But, oh dear! It happened! They said it would never happen. But you knew, sooner or later it might happen. But you didn’t think it would be this soon, or here. And it’s here. Now what are we going to do about it? Whom shall we blame now that we have run out of each other?

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “You’re It!”

    • Miep 2015/12/02 at 11:00 pm #

      Lol I love “Waiting For the Barbarians,” I have linked it many times since you first brought it to my attention.

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