Most western feminist historians contend that all movements working to obtain women's rights should be considered feminist movements, even when they did not or do not apply the term to themselves. Those historians use the label " protofeminist " to describe earlier movements. The first wave comprised women's suffrage movements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, promoting women's right to vote. The second wave was associated with the ideas and actions of the women's liberation movement beginning in the s.
When I tell people a joke, they laugh. Whether they win or lose, I hug them. As long as people live, their hair grows.
Most of my friends have cell phones, so I use theirs. The children feed themselves. When I tell somebody a joke, they laugh. When I greet a friend, I hug them. When somebody does not get a haircut, their hair grows long.
If my mobile phone runs out of power, a friend lets me borrow theirs. Each child feeds themself [or themselves]. When I tell someone a joke, he laughs. When I greet a friend, I hug him. When someone does not get a haircut, his hair grows long. If my mobile phone runs out of power, a friend lets me borrow his.
Each child feeds himself. Themself was common usage from the 14th to 16th centuries. Its use has been increasing since the s   or s,  though it is sometimes still classified as "a minority form".
Here are some examples, arranged chronologically: When the antecedent includes both masculine and feminine, or is a distributive word, taking in each of many persons, — the preferred method is to put the pronoun following in the masculine singular Another way of referring to an antecedent which is a distributive pronoun [e.
This is not considered the best usage, the logical analysis requiring the singular pronoun in each case; but the construction is frequently found when the antecedent includes or implies both genders.
The masculine does not really represent a feminine antecedent, and the expression his or her is avoided as being cumbrous. Wilson wrote in As a man is set before a woman Fries, American English Grammar, Lash, Eleanor and Franklin  Contemporary use of he to refer to a generic or indefinite antecedent[ edit ] He is still sometimes found in contemporary writing when referring to a generic or indeterminate antecedent.
In some cases it is clear from the situation that the persons potentially referred to are likely to be male, as in "The patient should be informed of his therapeutic options. More likely if she cares about it! However, this construction is generally not considered appropriate in formal speech or writing.
Somebody should let you borrow their book. Somebody should let you borrow his book. When a gender-neutral pronoun or determiner If this be incorrect in syntax, the whole use of the word Person is lost in a number of instances, or only retained by some stiff and strange position of the words, as — 'not letting the person be aware wherein offense has been given' — instead of — 'wherein he or she has offended'.
In my [judgment] both the specific intention and general etymon of 'Person' in such sentences fully authorise the use of it and which instead of he, she, him, her, who, whom. William Safire in his On Language column in The New York Times approved of the use of generic he, mentioning the mnemonic phrase "the male embraces the female".Editing Checklist Education, Writing in by Kim Sawyer and Kathleen Lietzau (online handbook) Electronic Writing, Basics Ellipsis Marks, Using Essay Exams, Writing from UVic Writer's Guide English-as-a-second-language (ESL) conferences, Tips for.
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