Inclusive Pronouns

Wed, 16 Nov 1994 02:26:50 -0600

I think that using "per" in place of his/her and even in place of he
and she is an elegant choice. Heather Young-Leslie mentioned this
one a couple of days ago, but I first came across it in Marge Piercy's
novel Woman_On_The_Edge_Of_Time. It worked really nicely there, and
by the end of the novel, I was actively using it. Unfortunately,
no one understood me, so I went back to using the more common words.

It would be really nice to be able to use it and be understood, though...

Just a thought.
--Madelyn Boudreaux, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

"Heat and cold, light and dark, order and cows." --from a 1st year
composition student's
essay, circa 1991.