"Hir" and "ze" are gender neutral pronouns used to replace him/her and he/she. Gender neutral pronouns are used by a number of different people, mostly those who either do not fit or do not want to fit into the gender binary of male or female. I saw this video linked on microaggressions and watched it and it is really beautiful. I cried. And I am not a crier.
In my "Gay & Lesbian Lives" class we've just started working on Queer Theory. It's some dense stuff, but I really like it. I'll be posting a little more about that soon (probably?), but it's the kind of theory that makes your head hurt. I need a couple days to process it and work on making it blog-material.