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Sweden Adds Gender-Neutral Pronoun to Dictionary

Sweden Adds Gender-Neutral Pronoun to Dictionary

Sweden’s official dictionary, to be released in April, will include a gender-neutral pronoun, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced. In addition to the male pronoun “han” (he) and the female pronoun “hon” (she), the new gender neutral pronoun “hen” will take the function of referring to singular people who prefer not to use the […]

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New App Helps You Find Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

New App Helps You Find Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

A new smartphone app launched in the US aims to help transgender, intersex, non-binary and gender non-conforming people find safe public bathrooms. The app, entitled ‘Refuge Restrooms’ allows users to search for safe restrooms on the map function, as well as provide locations, directions and comments. According to the Refuge Restrooms website, many of the […]

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Linguists Attempt to Make the German Language More Gender Neutral

Linguists Attempt to Make the German Language More Gender Neutral

For centuries the German language has allocated masculine (der), feminine (die) and neutral (das) gender articles to its nouns, but due to changing attitudes towards gender roles, they may be set to change. Mark Twain wrote despairingly of this in his essay ‘The Awful German Language’, in which he said “In German, a young lady […]

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