What is it?
Pronoun, third person singular.
“Ze” is a gender-neutral pronoun, used in the same fashion as “he” or “she.”
Why should you know?
Although the idea of non-binary identities is not new, its acceptance and exposure in mainstream discourse is relatively recent. Gender-neutral terms and pronouns are used when the subject identifies as neither male nor female.
Assuming a person’s gender can lead to discomfort or conflict. Therefore, using “Ze” is both a safe and respectful replacement for “he” or “she.”
Gender-based rights is a topic currently circulating worldwide news.
In Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau is attempting to pass a bill that amends the Human Rights Act, which would protect transgender and other non-binary gender identities under the hate speech provision of the Criminal Code.
In the United States, newly inaugurated President Trump is raising concern about the future of gender related rights. His selection of Vice President and Cabinet members, whose personal and political leanings are of a similar severe, antiquated fashion, are threatening the rights of many, especially those whose identity is not seen as “legitimate.” (See: Rich White Male).
- Ze went home for the weekend.
- I’d like to meet zir (third person singular).
- When ze drove by, I waved.