Your college years can be a very confusing time. It can be even more confusing when you start meeting people who can’t even give you a straight answer about their gender. Imagine if you can’t figure out what your gender is how confused other people would be about you!
The latest social trend sweeping our nation’s hallowed halls of academia is the move toward generalizing of pronouns to describe oneself or others. Why would this be happening? Apparently there are some people who are upset that biology made them male or female, and would prefer to be asexual. It’s called being genderqueer. So, instead of saying “he or she” they may prefer “ze,”’sie,” ”e,” ”ou” or “ve.” Now, I have no idea how to describe to you what any of those short phrases mean, let alone how they could possibly be pronouns, but that’s how they’re being used.
Perhaps we could call these pseudo-pronouns?
Though still in search of mainstream acceptance, students and staff members who describe themselves in terms such as agender, bigender, third gender or gender-fluid are requesting — and sometimes finding — linguistic recognition.
Inviting students to state their preferred gender pronouns, known as PGPs for short, and encouraging classmates to use unfamiliar ones such as “ze,”’sie,” ”e,” ”ou” and “ve” has become an accepted back-to-school practice for professors, dorm advisers, club sponsors, workshop leaders and health care providers at several schools…
At the University of Vermont, students who elect to change their names and/or pronouns on class rosters now can choose from she, he and ze, as well as the option of being referred to by only their names. Hampshire College in Massachusetts advertises its inclusiveness by listing the gender pronouns of its tour guides on the school’s web site. And intake forms at the University of California, Berkeley’s student health center include spaces for male, female or other
At Mills, the changes have included tweaking some long-standing traditions. New students are now called “first-years” instead of “freshwomen.” The student government also has edited the college’s historic chant — “Strong women! Proud women! All women! Mills women!” to “Strong, Proud, All, Mills!”
The nods to novel pronouns and nonconformity are an outgrowth of campaigns for gender-neutral bathrooms and housing that were aimed at making campuses more welcoming for transgender students moving from one side of the gender spectrum to the other.
American colleges have a lot of problems, most of them caused by liberal social and economic policies, but this one may take the cake for being the most ridiculous.
I may wake up tomorrow and feel like I was supposed to be a horse. Does that mean the people I interact with should start treating me like a horse? No, that’s ridiculous. It means that I should be seeing a psychiatrist to help me work through my problems.
In much the same way, people with gender confusion should not be treated as though they don’t have a problem. It’s up to the person and those close with them if they want to use these odd pseudo-pronouns in day to day life – but the rest of society should not be forced to conform to this false perception of gender. Gender is a biological fact. We are born male or female (with few exceptions), and while that may be uncomfortable for some people, the way to deal with that discomfort should not be the reconditioning of the majority of society. The way to deal with the discomfort is for the few people who feel that way to seek help for their feelings.
Political correctness should only go so far. In fact, how about this – if something is INCORRECT (like gender confusion), it cannot be politically correct to pretend that it is.
It’s absurd that I even have to write about this…
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