The recent brouhaha over Bruce Jenner has led me to want to explain the use of English language pronouns on this blog—
Feminine pronouns (she/her/hers) are used for human beings lacking Y-chromosomes, other female biological entities, and for certain inanimate objects such as ships.
Masculine pronouns (he/him/his) are used for human beings possessing Y-chromosomes and other male biological entities.
Indefinite pronouns (he/him/his) are used for human beings whose possession of Y-chromosomes is unknown and may be used for other biological entities. One/one/one’s may be used for any human being regardless of Y-choromosome status when the subjunctive mood is used.
Neuter pronouns (it/it/its) are used for inanimate objects and may be used for non-human biological entities.
The plural pronouns (they/them/their) should only be used for groups of person or things.
These rules are not microagression. They’re science-based, clear-thinking, real-world grammar punching back twice as hard.