Gender

Russia Adopts New Flag

After months of intense, top-secret, sometimes factious debate, Russia has officially adopted a new flag. Replacing the former flag, with its three stripes of white, blue, and red, the new flag has six stripes, representing the six principal rivers of Russia (Volga, Moskva, Neva, Ob, Don, and Ural). “The former flag,” explains Dmitry Anokhin, Russian […]

Writing Fiction with Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Internals of a house, showing floor truss, drain pipe, and spider webs.

This story will introduce the reader to writing fiction with gender-neutral pronouns. If you haven’t already, please read our companion article, Proper Use of Gender-Neutral Pronouns. The Architect’s House Once upon a time, there was an architect named Sal.1 Sal designed his/her own house, all by his/her self, since he/she had a degree in the […]

Gender Neutral Brand Names

You would think, since we now live in a gender-neutral world™, that commercial entities would make the necessary efforts to ensure the sexlessness of their products and brand names. This, we regret to say, is far from the case. So, in the interests of progress, the advance of civilization, and the future of the human […]

Transgendered Marijuana

Gender Equality for Weed Your typical plant has two sexes (male and female), and marijuana, Cannabis sativa,1 is no exception. For most plants, this simple biological fact isn’t a big deal, but it just so happens that in the case of marijuana, there is a definite prejudice in favor of the female sex. The explanation […]

Proper Use of Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Onion head with big round eyes.

For all you grammaphones out there, here is a lesson on the correct use of gender-neutral pronouns. While some well-known, better-unmentioned anti-social networking websites use “they” and “them” as gender-neutral pronouns, everyone knows “they” and “them” are both plural, and therefore cannot be used for a single person, whether that person is a male, female, […]

Gender Controversy at ‘Muggle’ Quidditch World Cup

At the North-East U.S. Quidditch Regional Finals last month, the Montpelier (VT) Marauders set off an international controversy by fielding 7 players who, to look at them, all seemed to be male, each one claiming to be of a different ‘gender’. “A little strange,” you might think, “but hardly major sports news, even for quidditch […]

President Obama named Woman of the Year

The orchid awarded to the Woman of the Year

The National Women’s Society voted this month to honor President Barack Obama as the 2014 Woman of the Year. This award, symbolized by a white and pink Phalaenopsis orchid, is the most prestigious and historic award granted by the National Women’s Society, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century and the women’s suffrage […]

New Bed Sizes

The International Society for Democracy in the English Language (ISDIEL) recently called for mattress and bed frame makers to abandon the old sizing based on monarchical and aristocratic traditions. Instead of ‘King’, ‘Queen’, ‘Full’, and ‘Single’ or ‘Twin’, ISDIEL proposes standard sizes called ‘1N’, ‘2S’, ‘3W’, and ‘4H’.1 “Not only is the American practice of […]

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