Denatured Pronoun Sighting

pronoun sighting

The artist in their archive room at their home in Brooklyn. Credit Scott J. Ross.

The NYTimes is walking the walk in the matter of language degendering. I confess to having initially groped for a plural antecedent when I encountered the following subheading:

“Nayland Blake’s one-bedroom apartment is filled from floor to ceiling with personal treasures and works by their community of queer artists.”

(Coco Romack, “An Artist’s Personal Museum in Brooklyn,” NYTimes, 10-14-19)

Then I resolved the momentary discordance in favor of a non-binary accommodation. Reporter Coco Romack doubles down on their neo-pronoun in the photo caption “The artist in their archive room at their home in Brooklyn.”

I seek my comfort level with this adjustment for now, but I resolve to follow the reporter where they leads in the new style.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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