Wednesday, July 27, 2016

University of Iowa to Use ‘Preferred Pronouns’ When Addressing Students

Faculty and staff at the University of Iowa (UI) have been instructed to use "preferred names and gender pronouns” when addressing new and returning students – including "ze”, "zem”, "zir or hir”, "zirs or hirs”.

According to the Gender Neutral Pronoun Blog, ze/hir and its derivatives are just some of the "scores” of "invented pronouns” to use "when someone’s gender is unknown or when the individual is neither male or female.”

Other acceptable "preferred pronouns” at UI include using the grammatically incorrect plural "they” instead of the singular "she” or "he” when referring to one person.

"My pronouns are he, him and his,” UI president Bruce Harreld says in a July 6 video posted on YouTube announcing the new policy. "Don’t make assumptions. Help us make the University of Iowa as inclusive and affirming as possible.”

 "In 2013, the University of Iowa became the first public university in the U.S. to allow students to identify as transgender on their admission application,” Assistant Professor of Education Jodi Linley said in the video. "Now, in 2016, the University of Iowa will become one of the first universities in the nation to ask for students’ gender pronouns.”

"These changes give students an agency to tell us what name and pronouns to use in our communication and interaction with them,” Linley explained.

"Current students will be able to update their preferred name and gender pronouns in the MyUI system, and new applicants to the university will be able to tell us their preferred name, gender, and pronoun alongside their legal name and sex assigned at birth,” she said.

The UI community is advised to "just ask” about an individual’s "preferred pronoun” if they are uncertain which one to use.

"If you make a mistake, own it and move past it,” they were told in the video.

UI officials are also spending $30,000 to relabel 147 single-occupancy bathrooms with signs reading: "Anyone can use this restroom, regardless of gender identity or expression,” HeatStreet reported.

The university also intends to expand its "inclusion" policies beyond the campus.

Georgina Dodge, UI’s chief diversity officer, said that the university has begun a "partnership with the Tippie College of Business and the Downtown Business District to develop training and incentives for business owners and their employees to build skills for inclusion.”



Anonymous said...

More Politically Correct nonsense and by people who should know better.

Bird of Paradise said...

The brainless dumber then a sack full of stones intelleciual morons at work

Use the Name, Luke said...

The UI community is advised to "just ask” about an individual’s "preferred pronoun” if they are uncertain which one to use.

"If you make a mistake, own it and move past it,” they were told in the video.

"Him or Her." "He or She." "Man or Woman." That is all. Nope, not a mistake.

Christina7 said...

Hahaha - God help anyone who gets their zirs mixed up with their hirs. Seriously, how do they even say this idiotic nonsense with a straight face.

Anonymous said...

Leftist academics. Do I need to say more? They will be the destruction of Western society, which is their ultimate aim, but I don't think they thought through the possible outcomes.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

When god gave out brains liberals were not there they were smoking wavky weed in their poppyfields

Anonymous said...

The diversity office at the University of Tennessee tried this crap. They office got specifically defunded by the state legislature.


Anonymous said...

Lefties are deliberately messing with people's heads.
They love power and control over others - it releases their pleasure hormones.
They like to dictate to others while at the same time confusing them.
Lefties enjoy seeing others struggling to comply with their dictates on how to speak.

Here is Bugs Bunny playing pronoun tricks on Daffy: