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Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)

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Research marketing company is advising marketing, human resources, journalism and communication disciplines to avoid using “Latinx” as a descriptor for all Latinos. Chicanx-era what do you think?

 

Cas

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Oct 27, 2017
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Always thought it was really presumptuous for English speakers to try to replace the words Latino/a for their own version. Insulting even. So yeah, not surprised, lol.
 

Ariashadow

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Oct 27, 2017
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think about it, someone proud of being latino/latina won't use latinx which has no root in any latin language, its an american word
 

Masoyama

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Oct 27, 2017
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I believe this is a US based study? I see the o/a -> x shift in my circle of friends very, very often back in Latin America. I remember as far back as 2007/2008 people in Costa Rica would change stuff like "amigos" to "amigx" or stuff like that.
 

wenis

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Oct 25, 2017
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Always thought it was really presumptuous for English speakers to try to replace the words Latino/a for their own version. Insulting even. So yeah, not surprised, lol.
presumptuous very much so, but I appreciated the effort even tho I just think of the X-Men when I hear it spoken out loud.
 

mreddie

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Oct 26, 2017
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I used Latinx in a OT and everyone was like WHAT'S A LATINX?

I thought it was the safe way of saying Latino but I guess not.
 

metalslimer

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Oct 25, 2017
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wow, yeah it's so corny trying to be gender neutral huh

black trans folks ofen don't live past their mid 30s these days but lol pronouns am i right
Yeah I dont know why people are saying this is a problem that doesnt exist. I have multiple trans/gender queer latinx friends that use it. But for people who dont want it to be used to refer to them i dont mind saying something different

I would like some more perspective from people here but framing this as just a dumb word Americans made up seems to be in the same vein as the pronoun debate in general
 

FreezeSSC

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Oct 27, 2017
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On the one side I'm Latino and cringe when I see it, on the other side though I know Latinos aren't exactly know for having an accepting view on LGBT issues. I don't know if trying to change how the language works will solve anything though.
 

Cipher Peon

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm part of the 2% then!

It's way more gender inclusive and I despise how gendered Spanish is as a language. Not a fan of how Latin sounds, either. Latinx sounds cool
 

nazgul_hunter

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Oct 27, 2017
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How is Latinx even pronounced in Spanish???
Either Latin-ex or Latinex

It's honestly not a great term. It works better in English than it does in Spanish. If you follow through logically and replace an X to make things gender neutral, you get in trouble really quick. How do you pronounce niñxs? doctorxs? architectxs?
 

Masoyama

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Oct 27, 2017
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My wife is a Spanish teacher with her roots going back to Mexico.

How do you dismantle an entire language because of gender's turn of events?
Language is a set of rules that can and should absolutely change with the time. People have been trying to come up with solutions for decades. I had 2 teachers in highschool, 2004-era Latin America, and one was a very traidtional catholic from Spain that refused to even accept that gendered words were an issue. The other one was an Argentinian teacher that showed us options like adding o/a to certain words, changing the o/a to an e or with an @. Shit is complicated, and I don't bemoan people for trying to find a solution.

How is Latinx even pronounced in Spanish???
Latin-Ex. Easy peasy.
 

IrishNinja

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Oct 27, 2017
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Yeah I dont know why people are saying this is a problem that doesnt exist. I have multiple trans/gender queer latinx friends that use it. But for people who dont want it to be used to refer to them i dont mind saying something different
yeah, an actual alternative would be nice - no idea what beckys folks are on about, it's been used for quite some time by black and indigenous writers/activist etc
 

makonero

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Oct 27, 2017
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My wife and her family are Mexican-American and they hadn’t heard of Latinx and when I mentioned it they all thought it was stupid. It’s hard for something like this to catch on if only a few from the group themselves buy into it.
 

Pau

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Oct 25, 2017
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I know people who are Laitno and gender neutral and prefer Latinx. But apparently they don't exist.

I'll use whatever people want me to use for them. I use Latino for general purposes and Latina for myself but I'm not gonna shit on what other people want to call themselves and make them feel invalid. If a space primarily uses Latinx, that's fine. If it doesn't, that's fine too.
 

Krejlooc

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Oct 27, 2017
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Im actually a guy and ive had people who dont even speak spanish try to tell me i cant call myself latino on this very board.
 

cmalex23

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Oct 10, 2018
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Latino/Mexican/Chicano here.....I hate it. My wife who is also the same ethnicity hates it. It builds up my rage because of my own personal history with Chicano Studies. It also sounds more elitist.... like "I'm cool cause my label has an X in it" Especially when said in Spanish.
 

NoRéN

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Oct 26, 2017
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Been saying it.

My source: living in a heavily latino community.

The only place is see that term used is Instagram and Twitter by online “celebrities”.
 

Kirblar

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Oct 25, 2017
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My understanding is it came more from the LGBT english sphere and that "[email protected]" was the one that originated from spanish speakers. "Latin" seems to be by far the best english option to use just because you can pronounce it.
 

Eidan

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Oct 30, 2017
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Always thought it was really presumptuous for English speakers to try to replace the words Latino/a for their own version. Insulting even. So yeah, not surprised, lol.
I'm pretty sure the first time I heard about was in an article where a native Spanish speaker was advocating for its use.
 

Metallix87

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Nov 1, 2017
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I use Latino and Hispanic interchangeably myself. Latinx, to me, has always seemed like an odd solution to a relatively minor problem.
 

Grunge_Hamster

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Oct 27, 2017
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I was pronouncing it as Latin-X (So:ˈlætɪn ɛks )

Or is people reading it similarly to jinx: Latinx (ˈlætɪnks)

The first one sounds cooler imo.
 

excelsiorlef

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Oct 25, 2017
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You'd probably get a similar poll result about English gender neutral terms too you know... Singular they, etc.... In as much as surprise most people who don't have to think about gender neutrality don't think about gender neutrality
 
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