Originally published September 17 2015
Harvard demanding students dumb down their language with new gender-neutral, politically correct pronouns like "hir" and "ze"
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) The political correctness on America's college campuses has gotten so out of hand that men and women can no longer identify as men and women.
At Harvard, as noted by The College Fix, a news site that regularly reports on such ridiculous behavior, so-called "gender neutral pronouns" are being adopted.
"The Faculty of Arts and Sciences' registration tool now gives students the option to choose preferred gender pronouns for the first time," the university's newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, reported.
The paper added:
On the page that typically asks students to write down their gender marker -- examples of which include "male," "female," and "transgender" -- they could also manually write in preferred gender pronouns when they registered this week. Examples on the page included "ze, hir, hirs" and "they, them, theirs."
FAS Registrar Michael P. Burke said the change, which administrators have discussed for a number of years, was intended to "make students feel more comfortable with their gender identity" at Harvard and ease students' relationships with faculty and advisers, some of whom will be able to see their pronoun information.
Gender binary?"It's important when you are writing emails or referring a student to another person in the College, you want to do it the right way," Burke was quoted as saying by the Crimson.
Identifying by sex – she, her, hers for girls; he, him, his for boys – is no longer enough.
Harvard isn't the only school whose academic managers have lost their collective minds. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has also jumped off the mental cliff as the Volunteers have also adopted the gender-neutral nonsense.
"We should not assume someone's gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems," Donna Braquet, director of the Pride Center, told WATE, a local ABC affiliate. "Transgender people and people who do not identify within the gender binary may use a different name than their legal name and pronouns of their gender identity, rather than the pronouns of the sex they were assigned at birth."
"Gender binary?" "Assigned at birth?" Even the language is torturous or, as it happens, Orwellian.
Braquet even gives instruction on figuring out how to address someone. Apparently looking at their sex isn't enough, even if the person is "claiming" to be a different sex.
"It's getting so crazy in this country"WATE reported:
Braquet said if students and faculty cannot use ze, hir, hirs, xe, xem or xyr, they can also politely ask. "'Oh, nice to meet you, [insert name]. What pronouns should I use?' is a perfectly fine question to ask," ze said.
Did you notice how even the station reporter got into the act?
Not everyone was happy with the UT-Knoxville's sex language manipulation. State Representative Bill Dunn with the 16th District believes the idea is taking things too far.
"I think it's good to say someone is a 'he' or a 'she.' That tells somebody something. If you say I'm going to meet 'ze,' someone's going to think you're going to meet someone from another planet," Dunn said.
"We have paid people a lot of money to sit around and come up with this nonsense. It makes me kind of mad," he added.
He's not the only one.
"It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard," Republican State Sen. Mae Beavers told Fox News' Todd Starnes. "If you must interview a student before you greet the student, that's not acceptance – that's just absurd."
"The idea a child would want to be called by a gender neutral term is absolutely ridiculous," she added. "It's getting so crazy in this country."
"This isn't inclusion," Julie West, who has two kids attending UT, said. "This is the radical transformation of our lives and language."
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