"My Pen Is My Pistola" - Incubus

Latin/A/O/X/ Pedagogy and Research

The push for gender neutral identifiers in language is not a revolutionary concept. History shows us how language evolves to adapt to the changing times- just take a look at English. While English has moved to become more gender neutral, Romance languages such as Italian, French, and Spanish continue to use gendered words in everyday discourse.

In the 1990’s, Latinos started utilizing the at-sign in place of the masculine -o and feminine -a, creating a new word: Latin@. Latin@ intended to include both men and women, as opposed to simply one gender. Since 2014, we have seen people replacing the letter -o and -a at the end ‘Latino’ with the letter ‘x’ in an effort to be more inclusive. In other words, Latinx  includes people of all gender identities; the ‘x’ in Latinx degenders the word and makes it neutral, as it does not emphasize masculinity or femininity through its identifiers.