The University of Oxford has joined many other bastions of liberalism in the U.S. who, in an effort to endlessly cater to our overly sensitive millennials, have urged students to ditch gender-based pronouns like "he" and "she" for the gender-neutral alternative "ze." Per EAG News, Oxford's behavior code states that inadvertently using the wrong pronoun for someone is technically "considered an offense" while British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said that giving people the gender-neutral "ze" option is just a "thoughtful, considerate move."
The university’s behavior code states that using the wrong pronoun for a transgender person is considered an offense, and a new leaflet distributed by the student union supposedly aims to cut down on hurt feelings and discrimination by encouraging students to use “ze” instead, the Independent reports.
British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell applauded the move.
“It is a positive thing to not always emphasize gender divisions and barriers,” he told the Daily Mail.
“It is good to have gender-neutral pronouns for those who want them but it shouldn’t be compulsory,” Tatchell said. “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,” he said.
Meanwhile, a leaflet distributed on campus warned students to "veer away" from the completely ridiculous notion that there are "only two genders"...after all using such binary language as "boys and girls" tends to "subtly reinforce that gender is a significant difference about behavior patterns."
Of course, American institutions of higher education are not immune to this insanity. A few months back we pointed out that Princeton University was fed up with people using "gender binary" hate speech like "freshman" (see "Princeton University Kindly Requests You Stop Using "Gender-Binary" Hate Speech Like "Freshman"") and had released an official guide on how to develop "gender-inclusive" speech.
Meanwhile, we also noted that the lunacy of the educated elitists in New England also spread, like an infectious disease, to schools south of the Mason-Dixon line. As pointed out by the Daily Caller, Vanderbilt University's "Faculty Senate Gender Inclusivity Task Force" recently posted the following flyers around campus urging students and faculty to announce their "preferred pronouns" when introducing themselves.
Offer your name and pronoun in faculty meetings, committees, and other spaces where students may not be present
- “I’m Steve and I use he/him/his pronouns. What should I call you?”
- “My pronouns are they/them/theirs. May I ask yours?”
People who "identify" as "gender-fluid" were encouraged to use newly created pronouns "Ze/Zir/Zirs" or "Ze/Hir/Hirs."
Finally, students and staff were encouraged to admit when they made a gender assessment mistake and learn from it for the next encounter.
Graciously accept correction. Apologize and learn for next time.
Take initiative. Do not expect others to remind you of their name and pronouns.
"Thank you for reminding me. I apologize and will use the correct name and pronoun for you in the future.”
Isn't it amazing that 99.9% of us have managed to get through life without ever encountering this massive epidemic of hate crimes that have struck our elitist institutions in recent years...leave the poor kids alone you relentless, gender-binary hatemongers.