"When I read the book to older children who can repeat the story, then the boys call Kivi 'him' and the girls called Kivi 'her', says Jesper Lundqvist.The Johnson post includes an interesting discussion of the use of singular 'they' in English:
..."When I thought about it a bit it adds something in a certain context. If someone was at the doctor's, for example, and tells about it and says 'he' or 'she' for the doctor, it paints a certain picture. It's interesting what it does to the picture when someone calls the doctor 'hen'. "
Yes, singular they has been used for quite a long time in impeccable English sources. It has three gender-neutral uses,when the gender of an antecedent isAnd it includes a link to an article on an invented transgender pronoun, which makes the point:
plural and mixed: Everyone has their own opinion.
unknown: Someone left their book here.
unimportant: Anyone who works here should know they'll have to work hard.
Political correctness means ditching a clear and precise word in favour of a vaguer term, to spare someone's feelings. This is a case of using a new word because the existing words are imprecise. They do not serve.So what do you think? He, his and him? They, their, and them? Or something else entirely?