Neopronouns, short for “new pronouns,” are a category of gender pronouns that have been created or adopted by some individuals to better align with their gender identity when traditional binary pronouns (like “he” or “she”) do not accurately reflect their gender identity. Neopronouns are often used by people who identify as non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, or have a gender identity outside the traditional gender binary.
These types of pronouns are characterized by their flexibility and uniqueness, and they can take various forms.
Some examples of neopronouns include:
Ze/Hir/Hirs: For example, “Ze went to the store, and I went with hir. I also saw hirs.”
Xe/Xem/Xyrs: For example, “Xe is bringing xemself to the event, and I have some of xyrs belongings.”
Ey/Em/Eirs: For example, “Ey is going to the party, and I’ll meet em there. I hope the party is fun for eirselves.”
Ve/Ver/Vers: For example, “Ve has ver own unique style, and vers fashion sense is impressive.”
Per/Pers/Perself: For example, “Per is a talented musician, and pers songs are always so touching.”
It’s important to note that neopronouns can vary widely, and new ones may be created as people seek pronouns that better suit their gender identities. The use of neopronouns is a way for individuals to express their gender identity authentically, and respecting their chosen pronouns is a fundamental aspect of acknowledging and supporting their gender identity. As language evolves to be more inclusive of diverse gender identities, neopronouns have become an important tool in recognizing and respecting the gender diversity within society.