“a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative”
Why are progressives so determined not to use the terms Latino and Latina? Because they are gendered words.
Campus Reform reports:
‘Latine’ is the new ‘gender-neutral’ term out to replace ‘Latinx’
New York University’s LGBTQ+ Center announced via Instagram that the university would be holding a slew of “Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations” to “acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students.”
Among the celebrations listed was an event titled “Latine Grad.”
“Latine” is a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to “Latino,” similar to “Latinx.”
Writing for Swathmore’s The Phoenix, Gilbert Guerra and Gilbert Orbea call usage of the term “a blatant form of linguistic imperialism,” arguing that activists are engaging in the “forcing of U.S. ideals upon a language in a way that does not grammatically or orally correspond with it.”
Students and administrators at some universities have begun using “Latine” in an attempt to achieve inclusivity while conforming to the linguistic rules of Spanish.
El Centro, a center for Latino students at Colorado State University, recommends using both Latine and Latinx.
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