Often you will find that when people address a large crowd via writing or speech, they mention ‘him/her’ and ‘he/she’ in a bid to communicate in a more gender-neutral fashion. However, Javed Akhtar thinks that instead of ‘him/her’ and ‘he/she’, people could use an alternate term.
In a tweet, Javed Akhtar suggested that instead of ‘him/her’, we could use ‘SHIM’ and instead of ‘he/she’, we could use ‘HESH’. Have a look at his tweet here:
In any speech article or conversation to give equal respect to both the genders we constantly say and write he / she and Him or her . Why can’t we invent two words like for he/she – HESH and for him/ her – SHIM
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) July 10, 2021
As the tweet went viral, he was trolled by several people online. While many reminded him of the terms ‘they/them’ and that there are people who don’t identify as either male or female, others cracked hilarious jokes. Have a look:
I wasn’t expecting to laugh out loud by the time I got to the end of this tweet.
— Ishita Yadav (@IshitaYadav) July 10, 2021
‘Them’ literally exists. Aren’t you a writer
— p, romance books lover💜 (@bierotica) July 10, 2021
How about HIMESH?
— Darshan Pathak (@darshanpathak) July 10, 2021
sir, there is an already a neutral pronoun that exists for such dilemmas — they/them. it is accepted as a singular pronoun as well as personal pronoun 🙂
— tan😾⁷ ia (@lesbianamu) July 10, 2021
get so close to the point and miss it entirely xD.
— thomas edison of a bitch (@bharatatouille) July 10, 2021
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) July 10, 2021
How does he assume there are only two genders people identify themselves with? What about gender fluid people? https://t.co/viH2oN3AVt
— Nirwa Mehta (@nirwamehta) July 10, 2021
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Uncle pls 😭😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/iu9GXdgKf8
— Saurabh (@SaurabhRmufc) July 10, 2021
Wth! How to unsee this tweet?😭 https://t.co/lApqjZGBr4
— INDIA WAKES UP 🇮🇳 (@IndiaWakesUp_) July 10, 2021
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