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This post has two parts: (a) a question and (b) a proposal.
(a) Often, particularly while writing technical papers or user's manuals, I have come across a situation where I need to say:
A user of this software may not need to use it from his personal computer. He can use it from a phone or even from his tablet.
I have seen many authors use female pronouns (i.e. “she” and “her”), but lately this trend seems to have ebbed somewhat.
I, and (I suspect) many other authors, do not want to use passive voice to avoid this.
Is there a gender-neutral way to describe the same situation?
(b) If there is none, I would like to propose using “ze” (for “he” or “she”) and “zir” (for “his” or “her”, rhyming with “fir”) as gender-neutral pronouns. I want to know how you feel about these words.