To those who think neo-pronouns are for the birds: You’re actually right for once.
As delivered by Twitter’s Libs of TikTok, a user named Camryn brings gendered news: If you’ve got quite the beak and are toothless, a special identity’s just for you.
On the wings of wokeness, take flight:
“Hi, my name’s Camryn, and I’m a member of our DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) system.”
Birds of a feather go together, and Camryn’s close to a chick named Avery:
“So Avery and I are both birds. I am a cardinal, and Avery is a bluejay.”
The pair “like ‘ey/em/eir’ pronouns,” because they “feel even further removed from gender than ‘they/them/theirs.'”
“And being birds, while we do have our own gender expression, we don’t inherently have a gender at all. And not in the way that, like, we’re just nonbinary. It’s that, like, our species as, like, an avian-human hybrid does not inherently have any kind of gender at all.”
It’s a veritable revolution.
“So you use them just like singular pronouns, like ‘he/him’ or ‘she/her.'”
But when writing about the egg-laying birthing persons, how might one accurately allude?
“Spelling- and pronunciation-wise, it’s like ‘they/them/theirs’ without the ‘th’ at the beginning.”
Since “personal pronouns” are — perplexingly — not “personal,” Camryn will never use the pronouns for herself. But for you, practice is pivotal:
“So the best way, I think, to practice is to write out, um, a couple of short sentences using, like, ‘him,’ ‘his,’ and ‘himself.’ And then go back through and erase all of those pronouns and fill them in with ‘ey/em/eir/eirself.'”
This person identifies as a bird and uses ey/em/eir pronouns because birds don’t inherently have a gender pic.twitter.com/6jFj5O0WrN
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) June 30, 2022
Doubtlessly, there’s robust rehearsal to be done; conventional communication’s been booted from the national nest.
On the bright side, we’re all free as birds. Where identity’s concerned, the world’s your oyster; and you might be an oyster in the world:
As for notions of soaring beyond the nonbinary, and as for having no “gender at all”…I propose a radical climax to our evolutionary cultural course: What if progress flies so far, beyond binaries and birds and any and all borders of being…’til every one of us is 100% gender-free?
If by chance we perch upon that futuristic ledge, there’s a name for it ready to ride the wind: From the time of Adam and Eve until around 2018, that word was “mundanity.” Because that’s how our system already worked. Dare we once again become so evolved as to be back where we were before being made new?
Hold on to your hatself; we absolutely may.
In the meantime, if I might say so, Camryn’s crowing on the wrong app. “TikTok” is the sound of a clock, and eirself is a bonafide bird. A bird has no business TikToking — unless, of course, she’s a cuckoo.
It’s time to migrate to Twitter, Camryn; after all, everyone knows birds tweet.
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