hi! so the mods here at qla have decided that since not all our readers are native english speakers, it would be in everyone’s best interests to start a collection of gender-neutral pronouns across all languages. if you don’t see your language or pronouns on the list (within reason, for accessibility purposes we can’t include every english variant of a pronoun), please let us know and include conjugations if possible! thank you!
for further expansions on grammar you can check the posts in the pronoun project tag:)
arabic ( عربي )
- هما (they, originally dual, can work as a neutral singular third person)
- انتما (second person dual)
bulgarian (български език)
- те/тях/техен/им (generally used for a group of people, could be used as singular as in “they”)
- то/него/негово/му (means “it”, informal)
- mandarin/普通话: 他 or 她 (tā) - only the pronunciation is gender-neutral unfortunately, the characters are gendered
- cantonese/广州话: 佢 (keoi5/keúih) - them/him/her/it
- 它 - also tā, but means “it”. ask before using as it could be derogatory
- 牠 - ta1, used for non-human animals
- add 們 (men) to either for plural, add 的 (de) to make it possessive
- 那个人 (simplified) 那個人 (traditional) (na4ge4ren2- that person) and 这个人 (simplified) 這個人 (traditional) (zhe4ge4ren2- this person)
- onikání, which was used in the past as gender-neutral pronoun when refering to someone of lesser status. it’s oni/je/jejich/se they/them/their/themself and the use is: Oni jsou moc milým člověkem. - They are a very nice person.
- ze/hun/ze - (note: literal translation of they, but ze is often used as “she”)
- xe/xem/xeirs (xyr)
- spivak: e/em/eir
- Ŝli - combination of he/she, generally used like “they” in english
- tema/teda/tema (formal)
- se/sen (means it, informal)
- hän/hänen (formal)
- ol/mo - ex: ol s’appelle Bidule et c’est mo pote.
- ille (referring to oneself), ceulle (referring to someone else)
- eux (sometimes used as a subject-position instead of object-position)
- ის / იმან / იმის (is / iman / imis) = they / them / their
- αυτοί / εκείνοι ( are these the ones that mean it?? let me know so i can take them down)
- αυτ@, εκείν@ (singular) φίλ@ς (plural) - not pronounceable, good for writing though
there aren’t actually any gender neutral pronouns in hebrew sadly. the first set is all male pronouns and the second one is all female. like the word ze (זה) is male for ‘it’ and it has a female form which is ‘zo’ (זו). atzmam (עצמם) is plural male (but it is used sometimes as neutral tbh). also the second set is only female pronouns for she, her, hers and herself
also about the plurals, you need to add either ם or ן to make these words plural either in a male or female form, like the plural words aren’t actual words it needs to be עצמם\שלהם\אותם\הם and it’s the male form you just need to replace it with ן to make it female but people use these as gender neutral pretty often because that’s the closest you would get
- það - equivalent of “it”, ask before using, could be derogatory
- hán/hán/háni/háns - mix of binary pronouns
- when referring to an individual of an unspecified gender, use viðkomandi instead of hann/hún
ilokano/Ti Pagsasao nga Iloko
- isuna (singular they), na (singular their), kaniana/kenkuana (singular theirs), isuda (plural they), da (plural their), kaniada/kadakuwada (plural theirs)
- dia (third person singular), mereka (third person plural)
malay/bahasa melayu/bahasa malaysia
- all pronouns are neutral (he/she: “uha usa” or ਉਹ ਉਸ; him/her: “usa” or “usanū” which is ਉਸ or ਉਸਨੂੰ; his/hers: “usadā” or ਉਸਦਾ). also, the pronouns “he” & “she” in english both translate to “vah” (वह) in hindi. however, the rest of the pronouns are gendered. verbs are also generally gendered.
- oni/z njimi/njim (they/with them/to them). Now if you want to say: I want to help them - you don’t use ‘njim’ but ‘jim’. (Želim jim pomagati; Pomagati jim želim.)
Pronouns that can be written and pronounced:
- Ella/la/-a (binary feminine): “Ella es la niña linda”
- Él/el/-o (binary masculine): “Él es el niño lindo”
- Elle/le/-e (neutral): “Elle es le niñe linde”
- Ello/lo/-o (neutral, similarly to the english ‘it’ can be very offensive so please be careful and don’t use it unless you are told to do so): “Ello es lo niño lindo”
- Elli/li/-i (neutral, cacophonic and uncommon): “Elli es li niñi lindi”
- Ellu/lu/-u (neutral, cacophonic and uncommon): “Ellu es lu niñu lindu”
Pronouns that can be written but not pronounced:
- Ellx/lx/-x: “Ellx es lx chicx lindx” (I don’t know who told you otherwise, but this can be used by both poc and white folks)
- Ell*/l*/-*: “Ell* es l* niñ* lind*”
- Ell@/l@/-@: “Ell@ es l@ niñ@ lind@”
- Ell_/l_/-_: “Ell_ es l_ niñ_ lind_”
- Ellæ/læ/-æ: “Ellæ es læ niñæ lindæ”
- hen/hen(henom)/hens(henoms) - variations are in parentheses, gender-neutral third person personal pronouns
- den/den/dens (dess) (means ‘it’)
- de/dem (dom)/deras
- Singular/Plural siya/sila (they) niya/nila (them/their) (sa) kanya/(sa) kanila (theirs/preposition them)
Since everyone is shedding light on Sam Pepper for all of his sexual harassment towards women in his videos, I think we need to visit a topic that has never really been fully brought to everyone’s attention. Which is Shane Dawson.
Aside from his obvious blackface:
the way i’d say that would be that “what are your sex-determining chromosomes” is another influencing factor — much like all the other stuff, there are cases where someone’s got XY chromosomes with, say, androgen insensitivity, leading to someone who would under any other metric save genotyping be considered “female”. so yes, someone with XY sex chromosomes has a much larger chance of colorblindness, but that’s because they have XY sex chromosomes, not because they’re male.
i mean, you can pick any one of these traits and say that’s the thing that makes someone “really” male or female, but i guess my point in listing all these things is to say that there is no “predisposed to ___ on account of being biologically male/female”, because it’s not “male” or “female” as such, it’s one specific biological factor that is only usually correlated with perceived or assigned sex — there is no monolithic “biological sex”, there are just a whole lot of factors we lump together (“reify”) into two categories because of their correlation. that doesn’t make the categories “biological reality”, it just makes them statistically convenient.
Happy 12th Anniversary to KH’s release in North America!
➝ And to the greatest gift ever received in video game history.
…she said there’s a second motivating factor behind her breast triplets: “I got it because I wanted to make myself unattractive to men. Because I don’t want to date anymore,” she said.” Most guys would think it’s weird and gross. But I can still feel pretty.”
this woman is operating on an entirely different level than the rest of us. she’s got it
"monosexism" is defined as "the assumption that you are only attracted to one gender."
"monosexual" is defined as someone who is only attracted to one gender.
"monosexual privilege" is the idea that homosexual and heterosexual people are equally privileged for being attracted…
Murder of Crows and Charge, 2014 - 6x8”, cut paper and ink
Last night was the opening of Ltd. Art Gallery’s “Press Start III”! I sent the cut paper originals of both of my Bioshock Vigors for it. If you’re in Seattle or nearby and are looking for some amazing art, go check out the show! Event info here!