‘she’ and ‘he’: Politically Correct Pronouns

  title={‘she’ and ‘he’: Politically Correct Pronouns},
  • Published 2002
It is argued that the pronouns ‘she’ and ‘he’ are disguised complex demonstratives of the form ‘that female/male’. Three theories of complex demonstratives are examined and shown to be committed to the view that ‘s/he’ turns out to be an empty term when used to refer to a hermaphrodite. A fourth theory of complex demonstratives, one that is hermaphrodite friendly, is proposed. It maintains that complex demonstratives such as ‘that female/male’ and the pronoun ‘s/he’ can succeed in referring to… CONTINUE READING

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