Pronouns, Who Needs Gender Pronouns?

Track:
Literature
What:
Panel
When:
Wednesday Aug 09   05:00 PM to 06:00 PM (1 hour)
Where:
102
Tags:
writing science fiction LGBT GoH Johanna Sinisalo
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0
Lately in SFF, as well as in the real world, the use of gender pronouns have become problematical when referring to trans and intersex people and many writers have struggled to find ways--using "they", using feminine pronouns as the default, inventing pronouns.  However, there are many languages, including Finnish and Turkish, that do not come with gender pronouns, so does not have this mainly indo-european language-specific issue.  What can SF writers learn from native speakers of languages that just don't DO gender?

 
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