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i posted this on tumblr and thought i should add it here!
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the sun slipped in through the window, sliding across their face in warm fingers and tangling in their honey hair. blue eyes blinked tiredly from under the red-gold mop and they glared mistrustfully at the window, wishing they had remembered to close the drapes the night before. though really as they had not gone to bed until the small hours of the morning there would have been no point in closing them, only to wake up hours late and hungover from sleep. they dragged themselves out of bed, scrubbing a hand over their face and running the other through their hair, trying to make it look less like a dead animal.

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alright so i just thought i would do a little writerly thing about gender neutral pronouns and writing them with them. a few of my notes/observations:

dont EVER use the word “it” to describe a person, it will offend your audience and make you seem like a douche-y person.

add description, description is your friend. while writing with these pronouns is perfectly expectable and fine because of their rarity in literature to describe a single person your writing may become stilted in a way it does not if you are writing using he/she or him/her

they/their not them, don’t ask me why its a fluidity thing, they and their sound better read aloud then them and their or they and them (with the exeption of a line like “they helped them to their feet”)  

give them a name! a really nice, cool, kickass name that you can use instead of repeating they/their again and again…

alright that is all for now, have fun, be respectful and do your research! would your character prefer they/their or he/him? or somthing else entirely? anyway that is all!

(small note: i am not someone who identifies outside of my assigned gender, i have friends who do, but i don’t.  i have all the respect and admiration in the world for people who chose to/are that way and i always try to show that respect while writing diverse characters into my books. that said if i do say something that offends you please tell me so that i can correct myself and apologize,  i did not do it intentionally!)

Finn

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Vishapi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Not a big problem for many non-English speakers, as male and female are not the only pronouns we have.

Sometimes when I would like to write gender neutral in English I use "one". It's something which is used in my own language with great success.

One may agree or disagree if this is good English, and I am aware that it probably isn't. But I do not find myself constricted, no one is the master of a language. And even if you native users are the primary users, we contribute with our culture, that it might enrich and share our perspectives. 
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finnicky-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a great deal of it isn't just about the grammatical correctness so much as the political correctness, i wrote this for my cousin who has a gender fluid partner after she asked me how i write characters like Kat (who is gender fluid as well) and i realized that i never really thought about the actual schematics of it. so i did this and sent it to her to see her thoughts, its a rather interesting debate. in english we have a strong either male or female mentality, him/he/his and she/her/hers is more common then their/theirs/them which as i understand is the widely excepted gender neutral.  
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Vishapi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's kind of strange really, the word 'man' used to be gender neutral. But from that word comes woman, human and he-man.
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finnicky-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, now it is associated with male assigned/male identifying people vs able to apply to all.
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Vishapi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Language develops, and in the North women had a much stronger role than in the South. So the change came with more southern influence into the English language and culture. 
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finnicky-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, even in the us the north and south are very linguistically different, i live in the north and often find it difficult to understand the meaning of what a southerner says, they just use different words for different things.
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Vishapi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Regional characteristics that are unlike my own, right? It's kind of cool that differences arise, but I guess it's due to climate and the place they came from. The North is mainly inhabited by people from Northern Europe? There is a line somewhere between the herring people and the sardine people in Europe, some say it's between the areas that use olive oil and butter. Others say the line goes between the people who eat pork and those who eat lamb. I personally believe that each person has their own language, and only chose to adapt to a culture unless there is something that is controlled by their subconscious mind or maybe even genetics. But who knows? 
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finnicky-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For the us its primarily the democrat/republican split, like how a lot of washingtonians consider California 'southern' because of their higher conservative views. basically washington just does as it pleases and no one cares (we have gay marriage, marihuana is legal and so are abortions) we also have more distrust/contempt of the government then a lot of other states, probably because we are still a bit bitter about being one of the last continental states to achieve statehood.
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