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Re: Transgender Grammar



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On Twitter, someone who thinks I’m “confused” to maintain that male pronouns should be used for a man who imagines that he’s a woman asserts: “The rule is simple: Refer to transgendered persons in the terms they’d prefer.”

My Twitter reply: Sure. And if someone thinks he’s Napoleon, we must refer to him as His Imperial Majesty. A rule that embraces a delusion is deluded.

(You can follow me on Twitter at @EdWhelanEPPC.)



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