This is a new one. Admittedly, when I first read this story, I thought it was fake news from the satire site, The Onion. But sadly it is actually happening. According to the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the pronouns “he” and “she” are intolerant.
“With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” wrote Donna Braquet in a posting on the university’s website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.”
Braquet, who is director of the university’s Pride Center, suggested using a variety of gender neutral pronouns instead of traditional pronouns. “There are dozens of gender-neutral pronouns,” she declared.
For all you folks who went to school back when there were only him and her – here’s a primer: some of the new gender neutral pronouns are ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr.
…“You can always politely ask,” she wrote. “’Oh, nice to meet you (insert name). What pronouns should I use?’ is a perfectly fine question to ask.”
It’s funny….. I usually follow up “nice to meet you” with “how are you doing today?” I guess I’m old fashioned that way.
How far are we going to let the campus speech police go before we start re-evaluating how much federal and state tax money is spent to inflate college budgets across the country for “fun” projects like this one?