“I worry sometimes that many of my friends don’t use “they” and “them” to refer to me when I’m not…
Rob Myers
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Here’s my big question: What did it add to your day to write comments that used pronouns someone asked you not to use — seemingly as frequently as possible? You know it made Sam’s day less pleasant, at the very least — as that’s the whole point of the essay you’re commenting on. So I can only assume that peppering all of your responses with “she” (rather than “they” or, god forbid, Sam, which is this human’s name, and a perfectly reasonable thing to refer to them as) gave you some kind of personal fulfillment. Can you explain that to me? Because I think it might be…a cry for attention.

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