Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tag, You're "It"

Just when you thought modern life could not get any more ridiculous, inane, insane and superficial, the Faculty Senate Gender Inclusive Task Force at Vanderbilt University (a private research school in Nashville, Tennessee founded in 1873) comes out, and I do mean comes out, with a poster detailing the school's commitment to gender inclusion:

When introducing yourself, offer your name and pronouns, even to familiar colleagues and students. For example, "My pronouns are they/them/theirs. May I ask yours?" and "I'm Steve and I use he/him/his pronouns. What should I call you?"

It goes on to suggest that students include their pronouns in their email signature, and if they make a mistake and refer to someone with the wrong pronoun, to graciously accept correction and apologize. And by the way, to hell with the English language: When a transgender, or even just a mildly confused straight person, is coming to dinner, it's perfectly fine to say, "They will sit here," even though "they" is just one person.

Since reading that me have been wracking our brain trying to think of which pronouns it want to use and have finally settled on It, That and These. Please try to remember because, after all, the world revolves around me.

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