Here's a brief language survey:
Anyone of any gender can participate, as long as they live in an English-speaking country. It will close no sooner than Saturday 10th April at 12 noon UK time (BST).
(It is more casual in nature, so please do report any problems with it here or in the feedback box. I may need to close the survey to make ninja edits on the fly for the first hour or two!)
47 people so far, very nice! Keep 'em coming!
This mini-survey is up to over 600 participants now!
I don't know why there are so many of you from Ontario, Canada, but I am intrigued - hello, Ontario, and thank you for inputting your location so uniformly!
A note for USians: This is an international survey. If you just say you're from The South I will assume you are in the southern hemisphere.
I've made a public automatically updating spreadsheet so you can see how many people have taken part and where they live:
Share the survey link around to make sure your area is represented! Open to anyone of any gender:
Please note that there is a new version of this survey here: https://twitter.com/gendercensus/status/1378649990759866370
If you've taken part in the first version (purple) you will need to take part in this new version (green) too.
@gendercensus I hadn't heard of "ser" but saw it in the report, and I like it. But I don't know if it's practical to use.
@gendercensus I likely already know the answer, but I can't resist asking: Why did you decide to limit this survey only to people in English-speaking countries?
Despite it not being my first language or spoken in my country, I use English for communicating with most of my friends, understanding lyrics in music, reading books, browsing the internet, etc. I primarily think in English, and it was the language in which I was able to find gender identities for myself, because while it is still somewhat binary, my mother tongue (Slovenian) is much more so; all the verbs are either male or female gendered, so it is impossible to even speak about yourself in a gender-neutral way without mixing them.
Like it or not, English is currently the most commonly used language for international conversation. Any changes in gender perception your surveys may promote will affect far more than just native speakers. Wouldn't it be better to give everyone a voice, just like in the Gender Census? 🤷
@Mayana Because I am particularly interested in the geographical regional variations among native-speakers.
@gendercensus Ah, I see. That is something I actually had not considered. I am sorry for the silly question.
@Mayana It's not a silly question! :) I'm intrigued though - what were you expecting the answer to be?
@gendercensus Well ... as it turns out, I actually asked the question without really thinking about it first ... 🤦♂️
Perhaps something on the lines of how since native speakers were raised up with the language, they would be in a better position to judge the grammatical "correctness" of different versions of singular they ...
But I have now also noticed (and voted in) the polls that you posted on here before that, which have no language requirement.
So my comment was typed up in the heat of the moment, and the lesson I should take from this is that I should slow down and think sometimes. Thank you very much for your response.
@Mayana Ahh I can see how someone could come to that conclusion! :) Don't worry about it, asking questions is always okay, and thanks for satisfying my curiosity!
@gendercensus Very pleased that there's an option acknowledging plurality in the survey.
@Polychrome I guess let's say that on any given day speaking to strangers there's a pretty good chance that you'll be speaking English to at least one person face-to-face (or on the phone, as long as they're in your country)? Does that help?
@Polychrome It probably does if there's enough of them! 😁
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