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[–] CatoSierra 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This adjusts bothers me. Not because I care about pronoun politics, but from a grammatical standpoint, because it is only supposed to be used for inanimate objects and impersonal animals. You could use they, since it's for a person who's never you don't know or is ambiguous (but that still is either male or female), but a lot of people want to be called they so it doesn't have the effect.

Technically, English is considered by linguists to use "biological sex" as opposed to "grammatical gender", so if you want to be grammatically correct and trigger someone, it's best to call them by their birth real (birth) gender.

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[–] ShinyVoater 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Unknown children have historically been "it". "They" has a long history of generic use, while we're at it.

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[–] CatoSierra 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I know and normally advocate for singular they, but they is for cases where the person is unknown or unspecified. Once you give a name to the subject, 'they' must decompose into 'he' or 'she'. Since we're taking about someone with a known name, they is irrelevant.