Sorry, but I’m confused as to how (now, 2) folks have read this piece and somehow come away with the notion I was at all suggesting we “get rid of” the binary pronouns he/she or him/her altogether. I don’t believe that, I didn’t write it, and I’m wondering where this came across, because if two people got that, I’d like to clarify and fix it.
I’m in no way advocating to get rid of binary gender pronouns; rather, I simply would like folks to understand that some people are not “he” or “she.” And chances are, if you have these non-binary, intersex (or however they identify) people in your life, they will most likely tell you, and ask you to respect their pronouns — whether it’s they/them, zi/zir, Mx., or any other variation. Respect people’s pronouns. Whether or not you “agree” with them is a moot point.