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Malachi O'Doherty

Leave me alone to think my way around problems caused by he, she and they, but do not dictate to me

Malachi O'Doherty


As one who identifies as a writer in the English language, Malachi O'Doherty is loath to introduce more jargon

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'As JK Rowling found out to her cost last week. Rowling objected on Twitter to a sign that addressed "people who menstruate", saying that there is a word for such people.' (PA)

'As JK Rowling found out to her cost last week. Rowling objected on Twitter to a sign that addressed "people who menstruate", saying that there is a word for such people.' (PA)

'As JK Rowling found out to her cost last week. Rowling objected on Twitter to a sign that addressed "people who menstruate", saying that there is a word for such people.' (PA)

There are some arguments that a man (to use a controversial term) might be as well staying out of. Or a woman, too. As JK Rowling found out to her cost last week. Rowling objected on Twitter to a sign that addressed "people who menstruate", saying that there is a word for such people.

She clearly doesn't want to be part of the effort to readjust language to a reality long overlooked, that many people are not simply definable by the gender that seemed to apply at birth. Some want simply to be referred to as "they/their", avoiding gender attribution altogether.

A recent example I saw on Twitter went something like: "My child is reading their book."