I’ve received a few asks lately wondering why I customarily use feminine pronouns - i.e., she, her, etc. - when talking about hypothetical individuals.
Now, I could claim that it’s about representation; that gender-neutral pronouns are a fine thing, but even so, we’re left with a situation where hypothetical individuals in everyday speech are often masculine or gender neutral, but rarely feminine, so an imbalance remains; that I’m just doing my own little part to redress that imbalance.
I could claim that.
If I’m being honest, though, at this point it’s mostly about spite. I use the “hypothetical she” specifically to annoy the sort of person who gets annoyed by that sort of thing.
Is it working?