FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel has announced the agency’s plans to restore net neutrality protections. Previous rules, which prevented ISPs from blocking or throttling specific websites, were nixed in 2017 under the Trump administration.

  • Melody Fwygon
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    8 months ago

    as an expert1 I can affirm that singular usage of they/them is absolutely acceptable in polite conversation with people who may be non-binary or with people whom you don’t wish to assume what gender they identify as.

    1 - Why am I claiming I am an expert? I’m nonbinary and trans myself; and I moderated /r/genderqueer for a long time; so I do see trends.

    • 𝕸𝖔𝖘𝖘
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      18 months ago

      You mean say, “they is”? I can’t do that. As an early ESL student, “they are” was hammered into me, and using plural noun as a singular noun, or vice versa, physically hurts me (as in, it actually causes me anxiety to say it). I don’t mind hearing it, though. If this is not what you meant, would you mind elaborating?

        • 𝕸𝖔𝖘𝖘
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          18 months ago

          The article is dated 2023, which kind of adds to it’s modern validity, so thank you for that. It does mention the use of “they are” referring to a singular person, as early as 1375. Looking into that further (off article), its use was generally only accepted when the gender of the person/animal was unknown. Regardless, I don’t have an issue saying “they are” when referring to an individual (a Trans, for example). The hella annoying physical reaction is when I try to use “they is”. So, follow-up question: “they are my friend” when referring to a Trans is fine? I mean, I don’t have to use “they is my friend”?