This isn’t a joke. I wish it was. If it was a joke, I wouldn’t need a rag on a long stick to wipe my brains off the ceiling.
The University of Tennessee told its staff and students to stop calling each other ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘him’ and ‘her’, in order to “alleviates a heavy burden for persons already marginalized by their gender expression or identity. Instead they are to start referring to one another with terms like ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr.’ Like this…
Yes, they are quite, quite mad. If any UT student is still sane enough to understand how batty this is, in the sage words of the Amityville House,
The Knoxville branch of the public university, which has 27,400 students, sent a memo to its members introducing and explaining the approved pronouns. It really says this:
In the first weeks of classes, instead of calling roll, ask everyone to provide their name and pronouns. This ensures you are not singling out transgender or non-binary students. The name a student uses may not be the one on the official roster, and the roster name may not be the same gender as the one the student now uses.
This practice works outside of the classroom as well. You can start meetings with requesting introductions that include names and pronouns, introduce yourself with your name and chosen pronouns, or when providing nametags, ask attendees to write in their name and pronouns.
We are familiar with the singular pronouns she, her, hers and he, him, his, but those are not the only singular pronouns. In fact, there are dozens of gender-neutral pronouns.A few of the most common singular gender-neutral pronouns are they, them, their (used as singular), ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.
These may sound a little funny at first, but only because they are new. The she and he pronouns would sound strange too if we had been taught ze when growing up.
If we were taught to wear clams casino on our heads with rhubarb stuck in our ears growing up, that would seem normal too.
We don’t have to belabor this, do we? This is indoctrination. This is Maoist, Orwell-style linguistic totalitarianism, all in the service of a tiny minority that is taking the fair and compassionate consideration our society is belatedly bestowing on them, and using that respect as a platform to remake language and society by edict, so they can imagine their differences no longer exist. Well, society and culture doesn’t operate that way, that is, not unless arrogant and ideologically-obsessed individuals with power abuse that power to impose misguided and oppressive strictures on expression.
To call this irresponsible, oppressive and disrespectful edict an affront to personal autonomy is to be too kind. This is the outer limits of fanatic progressivism, and shows the excesses it can inflict on all of us. It is a warning.
The release of this idiocy, authored by Donna Braquet, who runs the university’s Pride Center and needs help fast, caused head explosions all across the state. The university then lied (Oh oh! We went too far!) and said that the announcement didn’t mean what it obviously was intended to mean. A statement from a university spokesman said in part:
We would like to offer clarification of the statements that have been made referring to gender-neutral language.There is no mandate or official policy to use the language. The information provided in our Office of Diversity and Inclusion newsletter was offered as a resource to our campus community on inclusive practices. We recognize that most people prefer to use the pronouns he and she; we do not dictate speech.We do strive to be a diverse and inclusive campus and to ensure that everyone feels welcome, accepted, and respected.
We don’t dictate speech, we just want to ensure that everyone feels welcome, accepted, and respected, and so we tell students and professors what words to use in order to achieve this.
The only way to stop this malady from spreading is to refuse to tolerate it and to rebel in the strongest possible ways.