MOGAI Pronouns

MOGAI Stance on Pronouns

The following is an excerpt from the MOGAI Wiki
The need for gender neutral third person singular English pronouns has been apparent and tried since the birth of its modern form.

True Neutral Pronouns (According to MOGAI)

"True neutral pronouns are pronouns that can be applied to any person regardless of gender. Most pronouns in use by the trans/nonbinary community are not neutral, and could be considered nonbinary pronouns instead, as they are gendered as such."1

** Singular They/Them/Themself (According to MOGAI)
One truly neutral pronoun in use is singular they/them. This pronoun, while debated by linguistic purists, has been in use since at least Shakespeare's time. It is most commonly used to refer to a person whose gender is not known, for example, "Someone is at the door, I wonder who they are."

It is widespread etiquette within trans communities to use singular they until a person's pronouns are known. From that point on, if the person's pronouns are not singular they, it would be misgendering to refer to them as such. "2

One/Ones/Oneself (According to MOGAI)

"While the pronoun "one" is traditionally an indefinite pronoun, roughly meaning "a person" and is thus gender neutral. With the need for new pronouns, it has been adapted by many as a third person singular pronoun, changing it to be specific and definite. This pronoun is one of only a handful of pronouns in use by trans/nonbinary people that is truly gender neutral."3

It/Its/Itself (According to MOGAI)

"Another truly neutral pronoun is "it". While "it" is typically used to refer to objects or animals, there are a handful of trans/nonbinary people who feel most comfortable using these than any other pronoun. Others find this pronoun used as a personal set to be dehumanizing and indignate [sic]."4

Binary Pronouns (According to MOGAI)

"DISCLAIMER: "There are two sets of binary pronouns which are most commonly used, but some people with binary genders use atypical pronouns. This section is not to invalidate their relation to their gender, however is to educate people on the most commonly used pronoun sets by people with binary genders. Friendly reminder that pronouns do not equal gender and that people who use pronouns atypical to their gender are just as valid as people as those who use typical pronoun sets."5

He/Him/Himself (According to MOGAI)

"The pronouns he and him have typically been used to refer to men and boys, however it also has had a previous historic context of being a default pronoun for an non-specified person, likely due to the patriarchal societies which developed the English language. That being said, in a modern setting, the pronoun "he" gives the impression of a man being the person being referred to. Another popular non-man usage of he/him pronouns are he/him lesbians. This could be because of the historical context of butch lesbians using he in lesbophobic societies, or for other reasons. Overall, it depends on the pronoun user and what makes him comfortable."6

She/Her/Herself (According to MOGAI)

"The pronouns she and her have typically been used by women and girls."7

Nonbinary Pronouns (According to MOGAI)

"Pronoun neologisms are the norm among trans/nonbinary communities. While many of the pronouns in use may be decades old, such as Spivak, Elverson, MacKay, or humanist pronouns, while others could have been coined recently for a lack of nonbinary pronouns."8

Common pronouns (According to MOGAI)


Nounself Pronouns

Nounself pronouns are one of the most widely-recognized MOGAI artifacts. Also known colloquially (and somewhat pejoratively) as “bunself pronouns” due to a popular and early rabbit-themed “pronoun” set, Nounself pronouns emerged sometime around 2014. Today, they continue to be a mainstay of MOGAI identity, and a source of both amusement and aggravation for literally everybody else.
The basic premise is simple: absolutely any word can be turned (read: bastardized, contorted, twisted, tortured) into a pronoun by the simple expedient of adding or subtracting letters as called for by context. Making it look as though whatever you’re writing was typed monkey in the process of having a stroke is optional, but seems to be generally encouraged.

Using the bunself “pronoun set” as an example, “he walked to his house and let himself inside” would read “bun walked to buns house and let bunself inside.

Horrified screaming gets the point across just as well, though.

According to the MOGAI Wiki,

Some people feel their gender rates to a noun, and feel confident in a noun-based pronoun set. The most common one for a noun based pronoun to be phrased is nounself. For example, if a person's gender related to doors, for example, doors pronouns could be door/doors/doorself. These types of pronouns would classify as being nonbinary pronouns generally, but people with binary genders (boy, girl, man, woman etc) could also use a noun based pronoun set.10

Emojiself Pronouns

They’re exactly what they sound like. Emojiself pronouns—otherwise known as Peak MOGAI™—emerged in very late 2017 or the first days of 201811. Since then, there’s been a general uptick in their adoption, or at least, in proclamations of their validity.
Many of the pleas for emojiself pronoun validation are undoubtedly sent in by trolls (or, perhaps, people incredulous about the depths to which MOGAI sinks without self-reflection?). The fact that the requests are not only dignified with responses, but enthusiastically embraced by blogs offering such services ought to raise more than a few red flags for anyone with a modicum of common sense.

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