Greetings From Dogpatch 5: Consensus

Remember, the 4th is the LAST DAY to order from the store if you want to get your stuff by Christmas! I am leaving early on Wednesday to go visit my parents for about two weeks, and by the time I get back it will be too late to mail out stuff and guarantee it to arrive by the Holidays!

Because I will be in Missouri until the 17th, I won’t have access to my usual workspace! I’ll have my laptop and my tablet, so I’ll still be able to work, and I am not planning for any sort of interruption in the comic, but I can’t guarantee that there won’t be a hiccup! I’ll make sure to let everyone know beforehand, though.


Gabe most hear this a lot when s/he interacts with people. Shame our language doesn’t really have agreed upon ways to address and refer to people that doesn’t rely on the gender binary.

Yeah, what has been offered so far (‘zie’ and the like) is terribly awkward.

I honestly don’t understand why so many people think that. It’s just another monosyllabic pronoun, similar in sound and declension to pre-existing ones.

Monosyllabic pronoun, yes. Similar in sound, not hardly. If it were that similar in sound it would kind of defeat the point of having it in the first place.

“They” or “you” seems to work.

Singular ‘they’ works pretty well for third person most of the time, yeah. But ‘you’ doesn’t do anything to replace more formal forms of address like ‘mister,’ ‘sir,’ or ‘ma’am.’

I personally don’t like the idea of using ‘they’ as a non-binary pronoun, mostly because it would be too easily confused with the established singular ‘they’, which is used when the speaker does not know the gender identity of the referent.

I think ‘they’ is technically grammatically correct even when used in singular form instead of plural. As in “Gabe must hear this a lot when they interact with people.” The problem is that people are so used to hearing it used in plural form that it *sounds* wrong when used in singular form.

Like I already said, that’s not the problem I have with it. Grammatical awkwardness aside, I object to ‘they’ as a non-binary singular pronoun because it’s already established as a gender-neutral singular pronoun.

My favorite one I’ve heard was “mir”, a combo of ma’am and sir – but yeah. There should be a general one. It’d just be hard to find one that everyone would like? Guh. Issues…

I love how Gabe just looks amused by all this. That smirk in the third panel makes me think s/he finds their lack of understanding him/her quite funny.

Love Myra’s eyeroll! Also, at first I was concerned about the driving w/ an eypatch thing, but Bugbear! So that’s OK …

Hahaha I love Eustace’s faces there, in the middle panels. He’s all “Oh God she’s leaning on my shoulder” then “OH damn I can smell her hair!” and finally, “MLAAHAHHH SHE’S LOOKING AT ME!”

I use she ’cause that how Eustace sees Gabe.

I just love how Myra doesn’t object to Gabe turning on the radio…
And Marshall is so fluffy ^^

(p.s. I got my medallion today :D I got the sphinx :3)


But Seriously, I love how nonchalant Gabe is about all of that nonsense. Some might here such a conversation and…. I dunno…. DESTROY.

“I’m an Angel. I kill firstborn children while their mothers watch. I turn cities into salt, and when I feel like it.. I rip the souls from little girls.. and from now until kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your never understanding why.”
Gabriel [Character] -The Prophecy

Angels are scary….

This whole argument amuses me because I spent most of Orientation thinking Eustace was a woman with a gender-blender name.

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