Don’t get all in a huff. It makes perfect sense. Gender neutral, singular, third person. Precise. Clear.
The woke patricians have laid down the law: Anyone who doesn’t want to be called “he” or “she,” instead must be called whatever silly concoction that the poor soul demands.
So far, the most popular label seems to be “they/them.” Hey, never mind that applying a plural pronoun to a single person fails logic, reason and custom. It’s an assault on language, whose proper use always seeks precision and clarity. Language that makes concepts, things and people foggy is stupid.
There are exception to “they/them,” with some others preferring “xe/xem,” “ze/hir,” “per/pers” and “ey/em.” Would someone please make out the complete list? Maybe we need workshops so that we can better learn all the alternatives.
Aside from the slaughter of the English language, more troubling is the threat that at least two universities are warning that dire consequences await for students not adopting this goofy lexicon.
At Columbia University, “intentional” deviation from the policy can get you fired. Point Park University in Pittsburgh has warned students that “action could be taken” if they deviate from the policy.
This exhortation from the Columbia University website reveals just how ludicrous this is:
However, it is important to keep the student’s experience in mind, because you don’t want to inadvertently refer to someone by the wrong gender; even unintentional errors can create challenges for students in the learning environment. Be cognizant of the pronouns a student uses and always try to use them.
The idea of the university qua brainwashing.
So, if you tell me you don’t want to be called he or she, I’m going to call you “It.” (Capital “I” as a sign of respect.) I refuse to trash the English language so your feelings aren’t hurt. Nuts to your demand that I violate my own standards so you don’t take “offense.”
“It” is the perfect construction for a pronoun that is at once gender neutral, single and third person. That’s my rule.
The difference between my rule and the woke nonsense is this: If you don’t follow my rule, you won’t be fired. Under the woke rule, you can be fired. For a free society that’s intolerable.Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.