Re: Gender neutrality and the multiple-personality third-person pronoun
What would you have written if it had been your story?
In the case of celebratory gunfire, call me old-fashioned, call me sexist, call me what you will (except late for supper, of course), but I'm gonna go with the presumption of maleness:
"Police hope the person who fired the shot will turn himself in to
But if my editor were to reject that because she thought a woman might be the perpetrator--or if we were talking about an equal-opportunity crime such as embezzlement--I might change it to:
"Police hope the perpetrator will surrender to authorities."
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