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Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Jayce's Gender-Neutral Pronouns
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:35 pm (5 comments)

I decided I, like many other people in the world, would take a crack at making gender-neutral pronouns in English. I contemplate it every time I seek an alternative and end up unsatisfied. I commonly fall back on substituting plurals with an implication toward a singular actor because it sounds okay phonetically. Yet it's grammatically incorrect and it fails terribly when you're also referring to a group (for example, "They came toward me. One stepped forward and they shook my hand.") Likewise, using "one" and "it" is frustrated by either grammatical clumsiness ("A child stepped forward and one gave me a flower.") or emotional and social distance ("A child stepped forward and it gave me a flower.")

Starting from how the "th" sound of "they" and "them" is phonetically similar to the "zh" sound, I considered substituting "zh" for "th". But I had adopted "Zhust" as my "Playa-name" for Burning Man in 2010, and although it should be pronounced like "just" with a more z-like "j" sound, most people pronounced it "zu'hust" instead (even if I spoke it first). As such, I'll simplify things and go straight to substituting "j" in the various "they" forms. I made a table to summarize, and in doing a bit more research, I found the work of Micheal Spivak which looked promising, as summarized in this Wikipedia article. (And while there, I decided to steal from the Wikipedia article "Gender-neutral pronoun" for my descriptions.)

Description, Masculine Example Masculine Feminine "They" "One/It" Spivak Jayce
Nominative (subject), "he ran" he she they one ey ("A") jee
Objective (object), "go to him" him her them it em jem ("gem")
Possessive determiner, "this is his ball" his her their ones eir jeir ("jair")
Possessive pronoun, "the ball is his" his hers theirs its (or ones) eirs jeirs
Reflexive, "talked to himself" himself herself themself oneself eirself jemself

So to take a sentence like, "He went to the store and bought himself a coffee with his own money.", my gender-neutral technique yields "Jee went to the store and bought jemself a coffee with jeir own money." I realize that "jem" is a homophone for "gem" and "jeir", a shortening of "Gerry", but that doesn't lead to the kind of pronoun confusion of the common substitutions — even "I gave jem a gem" (which sounds clumsy because of newness) is really no worse than, "he took on the airs of his heirs."

I think Spivak and I are on the same page regarding rationale (familiarity, pronunciation, starting from the plural forms), but I really don't like that "them" is often abbreviated "'em", and that logically the reflexive should be "emself" but it sounds like "himself" leading to "eirself". You can read a lot more about it in this lengthy and informative case.

So from now on, I'll start using these terms whenever necessary, probably to the consternation of all my friends.

[Edit 2017-Jul-10: fix possessive determiner from "hers" to "her".]

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Monday, January 31st, 2011

Catching My Brightest Diamond and Auld Lang Syne at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:30 pm (add a comment)

I went to the The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) with high hopes. First, I'm a big fan of Auld Lang SyneMySpace link with their fantastic, heavy, electric, lounge-folk. Tonight they didn't disappoint with a set that built from catchy, straightforward acoustic rock to a wall of sound in that same style. A friend of mine had mentioned that his friend would be playing as My Brightest DiamondMySpace link. Playing a variety of instruments in turn, she's an excellent soloist with a melodic voice. In all I was thrilled to have been there.

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    Today from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched In with Nina Kalen discussing The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and Alison Anderson. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) at 7 p.m., Dr. David S. Goldfarb will discuss Wine and the Therapeutics of Age-Related Diseases. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Caught starting early at 7 p.m. followed at 8:45 p.m. by The Reckless Moment. In the former, a girl "dreams of marrying up, but is horrified at what she gets in the person of Robert Ryan." In the latter, a mother is forced to hide a corpse for her rebellious daughter, only to find herself slipping deeper into a world of blackmail and deception." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at 7:15 p.m. at The Penfield Public Library (1985 Baird Rd.), Scott Hetsko will discuss Living Through a Rochester Winter. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [18+]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Room 109 of Bausch and Lomb Hall at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.), Dr. Eric Reitan will discuss Is God a Delusion?. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Sarongs, The Goons, and Election DayMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is Steve Lyons. [source: Abilene website]

    This evening at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is the Pure Kona Poety Reading and Open Mic starting at 8 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]


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    Today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is the opening reception for the show titled Mug Shots. [source: Gay Alliance website] [all ages]

    Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

    JayceLand Pick Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) will be doing a tasting of TweetHeart, this year's Valentine's Day truffle collection by Erica Guilfoyle. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

    JayceLand Pick The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will host an Opening Reception for Shedding Light by Pamela Vander Zwan which will be on display through March 27. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 6 p.m. is the start of the annual Seconds from the Flame sale at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.); through February 28. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    Updated: Tonight at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) is Lux Be a Lady featuring numerous local (all female) artists' works from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: flyer] [21+]

    Greg Townson will perform for Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting at 6:30 p.m. followed at 9:30 p.m. by The Spampinato BrothersMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting around 7 p.m. is Belie My BurialMySpace link. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    The art exhibit No Boundaries opens tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

    Over at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Wind Orchestra. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (the same next weekend too) is a performance of Deflowering Waldo at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Uncle Boonmee is a magical, beautiful, haunting, and funny masterpiece from Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady), Thailand's most accomplished film artist. Suffering from an incurable condition, Uncle Boonmee retires to his countryside home where he is visited by his dead wife and his long-lost son, who appears as half-man, half-ape. He then sets out on a journey toward a mystical cave, meeting various incarnations of his past lives along the way." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The SightsMySpace link, and Jellyroot starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Updated: The line-up for tonight's show at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 6:30 p.m. changed as some of the bands apparently canceled. As such, I guess it's now something like to Cold Coffee StainMySpace link, The Bad Kids, and Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will host a Bob Marley Event celebrating the life and lyrics of Bob Marley starting at 6 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Blue Velvet starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 7 p.m. A classic film by David Lynch. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) starting around 9 p.m. is The Peachy NeachysMySpace link , and Hurrah, A Bolt of Light!MySpace link. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Tommy BrunettMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is The SpacelordsMySpace link, Junction 5GarageBand linkMySpace link, Family PortraitMySpace link, and The Melted ToysMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Gurnsey and The Greener Grass BandMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown Facebook page] [21+]


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    Joe Blackburn will perform today's Musicale on the Aeolian pipe organ at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) at 2 p.m., Cynthia Flynn will present a What's Up lecture on Faith Ringgold's "story quilt" Seven Passages to a Flight (1995). [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar] [all ages]

    ChillumMySpace link, Collisions in Grey and RedMySpace link, and Endangered Youth will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is The Injured Superhero Show — "Injured Superheroes will be cast the night of the show. If you are interested in auditioning, please come in costume to the MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue at 7 PM. Those injured superheroes auditioning will be admitted for free." [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting Ossia New Music starting at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is readings of selected 2 Pages/2 Voices plays. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting Rory BlockMySpace link, and Cindy Cashdollar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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    This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

    JayceLand Pick Today at 12:12 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Tuesday Topics in which Dr. Richard Ryan will discuss Sources of Happiness: What Philosophers Say and Researchers Find. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    Today at 6 p.m. at One Restaurant and Lounge (1 Ryan Alley) is Holly's Happy Hour, a chocolate tasting by Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

    JayceLand Pick Today at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is the kick-off of The Rochester Free School class titled Sci-fi Films, Surveillance, and Society starting at 7 p.m. [source: Rochester Anarchists Google Group]

    The Eastman Jazz Ensemble will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sur mes lèvres (Read My Lips) starting at 8 p.m. about "a partially deaf secretary and the ex-con she perhaps unwisely hires to be her assistant." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Lighthouse and the WhalerMySpace link, nice sounding acourtic duo Dave and Marrissa, good acoustic-rock times-two from Matt and Chris, and Ben Morey and The Visitations starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Palindromes starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, it's about "the bizarre, sexually transgressive story of Aviva and her plan for pregnancy. Over the course of the film, 'Aviva' is portrayed by twelve different actors of varying race, gender and age, opening a unique dialogue on typecasting that once again finds Solondz standing proud at the front lines of American independent film controversy." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic hosted by The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

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