Greetings From Dogpatch 2: Your Friend


Does that mean that Eustace would rather take any combination of shutting up, walking or flying than share space with Gabe? And transport chief Myra decided to have a potentially talkative totem in her vehicle cabin rather than the Angel with Dirty Feet? And is that the nightmare skull from the One-Eyed Bear story? He’s not going to use it as a stake in his next poker game with the Grim Brothers, is he?!

Gabe may try to follow all religions but I imagine s/he gets out of a number of things by being neither male or female.

Like what? Society, as a general rule, likes to categorize people, and doesn’t respond well to those who don’t fit into the usual boxes. Gabe probably ‘gets out’ of more by passing as male than ze does by being intersex.

So they’re all headin’ to Dogpatch? Looks like a swell place for an Avalon!

Oh, Gabe does /not/ look happy … Can’t wait to see what’s got his undies in a bunch.

Also, hope you are feeling better!

Wow, just Wow. Gabe really looks like a very unhappy camper.

Though for a moment, with all the bangles at neck, wrist, ankle, I almost thought they had him tied up.

I’m sorry I’m late on this and it’s a completely random question dealing with the mythic beings. Do mythical humans exist, I’m not saying warlocks but beings like methuselah and the wandering jew? warlocks like the gent in exchanges or a subsect of humanity that’s a mythical creature?

If Gabe is genderless, the proper pronoun would be ‘it’ would it not? ‘He/she’ would be for a being that was both or combination of both genders.

Certainly not. You’re right in that ‘he/she’ isn’t very appropriate, but ‘it’ is reserved for inanimate objects and concepts. There’s a long list of proposed non-binary pronouns that could be used, including ‘ze’, ‘sie’, ‘co’, and ‘hir’. There’s no consensus on exactly which pronoun is appropriate for which non-binary identity, and we don’t really know how Gabe identifies anyway, so take your pick. Some people also use ‘they’ as a non-binary pronoun, but I’m firmly of the opinion that the singular ‘they’ should be reserved for situations in which the gender identity of the referent is unknown (which, again, it technically is in this case, but we do at least know that Gabe’s non-binary).

Silly me, not reading that two-sentence comment thoroughly before replying. ‘He/she’ indicates that the referent is one or the other, not that the referent is both. Gabe could well be androgynous, or bigender, or genderfluid, or whatever. All the cast listing tells us about Gabe’s identity is that ze is “physically genderless” (which is an oxymoron, by the way – it’s sex that’s physical, not gender), and and the fact the ze’s listed as “Gabriel/Gabrielle” would indicate that zir identity is somehow non-binary (zir lack of sexual characteristics doesn’t automatically mean that ze’s non-binary, much less that ze’s genderless).

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