So there’s a discussion over at Claire’s about this guy who wants to be called a woman, and he’s not Bradley Manning. And I – sarcastically, I admit – stuck my oar in, and now I’m a “hater.”
This is not an issue I’ve ever had to deal with. Until recently I wasn’t aware it was an issue at all. You got your men, your women, your gay men, your lesbian women, and some poor sick mutilated f*cks I’ve successfully avoided meeting in public washrooms, and that’s about it. Seemed complicated enough. But now it seems I have to request clarification before I can even refer to someone who’s self-evidently a guy as “him” or “her.”
This is messing with poor old Uncle Joel’s head, so it seems we need a stated policy. And here it is: If I meet you or even see a picture of you and you’re clearly a guy, you’re a guy. The third-person pronouns that will be assigned to you are “he” and “him.” Even if you’re confused, I’m not. This is not an attempt to be offensive, I’m just struggling for clarity. That is all.