- John McWhorter says it's difficult to make the transition, but there's a good argument to replace gender-based pronouns
- He says "he" and "she" could be replaced with "ze" or "they"
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Language changes with the times, and when it comes to our conceptions of gender, the times are most certainly changing.