The Universe and Her, and I poem #232 written by Christopher Poindexter (For sale on Etsy)
nigga-shark asked: can you explain the pronouns "Ze, Hir, Hirs, &c." because my teacher hasen't taught us the concept and I am curious
It’s not something normally taught in school, and it hasn’t breached the national lexicon, so your teacher may not know about it.
You’re asking about pronouns that are gender neutral. The English language does not have gender neutral pronouns for PEOPLE. “It” is used for animals and inanimate objects. “They” is neutral plural for anything.
Tumblr has been the one place where I have seen this usage used consistently and accepted and understood in the lexicon and code of this space. The gender neutral pronouns are great because in some cases, it improves English (especially because “they” as a gender neutral singular is contradictory and wrong), and it is inclusive to people in the queer community who are gender fluid, nonbinary, questioning, or transitioning.
Hope that helps!