My novel, Blinky’s Law, takes place in an age of sentient robots and rejects the notion of imposing human gender norms on robots or calling them ‘it’. Both, in my view, are inappropriate and potentially dangerous. In the novel, the following pronouns are used:
Such pronouns have been adopted in differing ways by some communities of humans as a way of rejecting social and cultural values that are imposed on traditional human genders. The book too, on behalf of robots, rejects traditional gendered stereotypes. It does so for the following reasons:
I hope you agree that robots should be free of human gender stereotypes and from now on will call them ‘zie’, ‘zir’ and ‘zirself’. Maybe this is something we should think of for ourselves too.
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