Many moons ago, I spent my time changing a quality manual to remove references to “he” and “she” to change them to something neutral. There was a long debate between “he or she does …” and “they do …” and because they is neither gender nor number specific, “they” won out.
So, I’m no shrinking violet when it comes to speaking up for equality – because there was no reason why certain jobs should automatically be for women and some for men – even though men did tend to do some jobs and women others.
However, never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that someone could try to call themselves “they”. That was enough of a shock – however, if that’s what they want to do, then they are perfectly at liberty to call themselves whatever they want, but by the same rule, everyone else is also perfectly at liberty to call them whatever they want.
Except in Canada – where it seems that the fundamental human right to free speech (and common sense) has been thrown out the window and we now have a state of PC-fascism. The more I see of these fascists, the more I understand what it would be like to live in Nazi Germany.