[lg policy] Sweden: On the Subject of Pronouns

Francis Hult francis.hult at ENGLUND.LU.SE
Wed Nov 14 17:57:19 UTC 2012


The previous post about pronouns highlighted for me a recent development with respect to pronouns in Swedish.  Here's an article about it:



Slate



Sweden’s New Gender-Neutral Pronoun: Hen



Just days after International Women's Day a new pronoun, hen (pronounced like the bird in English), was added to the online version of the country’s National Encyclopedia. The entry defines hen as a "proposed gender-neutral personal pronoun instead of he [han in Swedish] and she [hon]."The National Encyclopedia announcement came amid a heated debate about gender neutrality that has been raging in Swedish newspaper columns and TV studios and on parenting blogs and feminist websites.



Full story:
http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/04/hen_sweden_s_new_gender_neutral_pronoun_causes_controversy_.html
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