I'd be lying if I said that the first video I saw in which someone stated 'you can call me they' didn't strike me as odd. A little hilarious even, as my immediate association was that they're* implying that there's multiple personalities in there. I suppose since none of us grew up explicitly learning about gender-fluidity or gender-fluid pronouns besides the neutral 'it', this might leave people a little surprised at first. I also wondered about the grammar of it all, but ah well. It barely matters so I agree.
I think in the conservative mind it's probably part of the broader irate rage against transgenderism and gender fluidity discussions in media. Female to male athletes, gender neutral bathrooms, the whole gender identity discussion, use of language, if all this should be taught in the classroom + the political dimension of it all. I suppose it's a feeling that these new narratives are infringing on 'the order of things'. It also triggers very basic identity formation processes - all of us are always navigating our way through defined in and out groups, and the theme of transgenderism is also embedded in overarching political conflicts about how the 'in' group should function and who 'we' are. It's a constant theme in the last decades/centuries that the traditional perceived boundaries of our collective identities are stretched and changed. Particularly in the last decades focus has been on accepting many more collective identities within a single society and equalising the playing field among them. That's never a peaceful process.
It doesn't help that transgenderism is honestly a very complex topic. Just a while ago I read an article in the economist about a female to male transitioner who transitioned back from male to female again a few years later. There's also the people who have no defined gender at all. None of this is easy to explain and the unfamiliarity of it is sure to have some negative responses.
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