University Students Told to Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns
This week, England’s legendary Oxford University handed out pamphlets directing students to use gender-neutral pronouns to make sure transgender people do not feel discriminated against. The pamphlets originated in the students’ union and they warn against using traditional pronouns like “he” or “she” because of the danger of accidentally misgendering someone. Furthermore, those pronouns suggest that there only exist two genders, when any modern-day social justice warrior knows there are hundreds…
According to Oxford’s student union code of conduct, students can be punished for deliberately using the wrong pronoun for another individual. To avoid this tricky situation, the students have been advised to use the all-purpose pronoun “ze.” Gender neutral pronouns are not yet compulsory, but LGBT activists hope that the trend will catch on and eventually make its way into lectures and textbooks. One such activist, Peter Tatchell, told MailOnline that there can be a balance between encouragement and enforcement.
“It is a positive thing to not always emphasise gender divisions and barriers,” said Tatchell. “It is good to have gender-neutral pronouns for those who want them but it shouldn’t be compulsory. This issue isn’t about being politically correct or censoring anyone. It’s about acknowledging the fact of changing gender identities and respecting people’s right to not define themselves as male or female. Giving people the ‘ze’ option is a thoughtful, considerate move.”
No one’s trying to take away anyone’s “right” to identify as whatever they want to identify as, be it man, woman, or hippopotamus. But there’s a difference between saying you’re a woman and actually being a woman, and it shouldn’t be considered discriminatory or offensive if others do not want to recognize your ridiculousness. It’s stupefying to watch these hallowed institutions of higher learning bend over backwards to accommodate a movement so absurd and disconnected from common sense.
This is nothing less than the widespread legitimization of mental illness, and the consequences will be spectacularly devastating. There’s nothing wrong with enforcing cultural norms and traditions, especially when they dovetail so seamlessly with everything we know about modern science. This multi-gender trend is biologically asinine, and its aims are political. Any university that makes room for this idiocy should be deeply ashamed of itself.