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Using a variety of pronouns for my characters is part of my commitment to celebrating queer experience. I understand that not everyone is used to seeing them around, though. For that reason, I am providing a pronoun resource on this page.

First of all, what are pronouns? Well, everyone has some. When someone mentions a person, but they don't feel like using that person's name, they use pronouns instead. You're probably already familiar with she/her, he/him, and they/them.

Every pronoun set comes with three words, each of which is used in a different context:

  • A subjective pronoun is used when the person is doing an action.
  • An objective pronoun is used when the person is having an action done to them.
  • A possessive pronoun is used to talk about something that belongs to the person.

  • In our world, most people use pronouns that they feel match their gender. Since every person experiences gender differently, two people who use the same gender label might use different pronouns. If you're not sure what pronouns someone uses, you can ask them.

    In most of the worlds depicted in Knife Queer Art, pronouns are used to express gender. However, Eudesia is a fantasy universe where all people have the same gender, and their pronouns refer to the culture they come from instead.

    He/him pronouns are normally, but not always, used by men. They consist of the subjective he, the objective him, and the possessive his.

  • Example: He loved his new keychain. It made him happy.

  • She/her pronouns are normally, but not always, used by women. They consist of the subjective she, the objective her, and the possessive her.

  • Example: She loved her new keychain. It made her happy.

  • They/them pronouns are often used to refer to groups of people, but some individuals use them as a singular pronoun set. When you don't know what pronouns a person or character uses, it is a safe bet to use they/them. They consist of the subjective they, the objective them, and the possessive their.

  • Example: They loved their new keychain. It made them happy.

  • All pronoun sets other than those three are considered neopronouns. Neopronouns are most often used by nonbinary people, but they are free for anyone to use.

    Ey/em pronouns are also known as Spivak pronouns. They are pronounced the same way as they/them, but without the 'th'. They consist of the subjective ey, the objective em, and the possessive eir.

  • Example: Ey loved eir new keychain. It made em happy.

  • Ae/aer pronouns consist of the subjective ae (pronounced ey), the objective aer (pronounced air), and the possessive aer (pronounced air).

  • Example: Ae loved aer new keychain. It made aer happy.

  • Ze/hir pronouns consist of the subjective ze (pronounced zee), the objective hir (pronounced here), and the possessive hir (pronounced here).

  • Example: Ze loved hir new keychain. It made hir happy.

  • Xe/xyr pronouns consist of the subjective xe (pronounced zee), the objective xyr (pronounced zeer), and the possessive xyr (pronounced zeer). There are other variants of this pronoun set, but this is the variant used on this site.

  • Example: Xe loved xyr new keychain. It made xyr happy.

  • Fae/faer pronouns consist of the subjective fae (pronounced fey), the objective faer (pronounced fair), and the possessive faer (pronounced fair).

  • Examaple: Fae loved faer new keychain. It made faer happy.

  • Ce/cer pronouns consist of the subjective ce (pronounced see), the objective cer (pronounced sir), and the possessive cer (pronounced sir).

  • Example: Ce loved cer new keychain. It made cer happy.

  • There are many other sets of pronouns available, but those are all the ones used within the worlds of Knife Queer Art.