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Cartons of eggs, toy binoculars and Jenga – yes, Jenga – among available products which are ‘unnecessarily gendered’

Pink for girls and blue boys is, for some reason, a colour coding rule that we all indirectly sign up for when assigned a gender at birth. But these terms and conditions that, of course, nobody reads. As societies gradually move away from the binary approach to gender and become both more accepting and better accommodating of trans and non-binary folk, we’re increasingly realising that it’s perfectly OK to like either colour regardless of your gender identity and sex. And a Twitter thread has gone viral for making it glaringly...
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US linguists select singular ‘they’ as word of the decade

Linguists from the American Dialect Society have announced that the singular pronoun “they”, used by people who identify outside of the binary of male and female, is their word of the decade. The organisation also separately selected “(my) pronouns” as its word of the year for 2019, which was “recognized for its use as an introduction for sharing one’s set of personal pronouns”. The society’s 350 members voted on January 3, and presiding over the voting session Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s new words committee, said: “When...
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The New York Times writes entire article about how dangly earrings for men are ‘well suited for our non-binary gender moment’

Have you ever wondered how to express your “soft but not fragile” masculinity in a way that is “well suited for our non-binary gender moment”? Not to fear, the New York Times has found the accessory for you and it’s officially “in”. The dangly earring (singular) is, according to journalist Max Berlinger, “hanging from men’s lobes everywhere”. If you don’t want your own lobes to be left out of the “frenzy”, you must join the ranks of Harry Styles, Lil Nas X and Odell Beckham Jr in adorning them with...
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