In the spirit of tolerance and political correctness, the University of Minnesota (UMN) has offered students a resource guide so that they can learn how to use non-binary pronouns when speaking to or about an individual that doesn’t simply go by “he” or “she.”
The resource guide, which is posted on the UMN Center for Writing’s website, explains that while most people are familiar with the more traditional –pronouns like she, her, hers, he, him, and his – students “may not be familiar with how to use those pronouns in sentences,” with the solution being to “learn the typical forms that nonbinary gender pronouns can take.”
“The following chart provides examples of some nonbinary gender pronouns in a variety of forms,” the resource guide continues before displaying a chart with the pronouns “they/them/theirs,” “ey/em/eirs,” “ze/zir/zirs,” and “co/co/co’s.” Writers are advised to “consider adding an explanatory footnote” if those reading the paper aren’t familiar with nonbinary pronouns. One example of a footnote reads, “In this paper, I use the nonbinary gender pronouns [name them] because the people I am citing and/or to whom I am referring use these pronouns to refer to themselves. It is important to me that I respect their identities in my writing by using the appropriate gender pronouns.”
Despite the fact that those who think they are something other than a “he” or a “she” are clearly delusional, it’s not at all a stretch to say that the progressive push to create a more politically correct world has gone way too far. North of the border in Canada, for example, Canadians could be charged with a hate crime for using the wrong gender pronouns. In other words, if you were to refer to someone who was clearly a biological man as a “he,” but they wanted to be called “she,” you could be jailed, fined or even forced to take anti-bias training.
By a 67-11 vote, Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-16, which officially adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” into the country’s Human Rights Code and labels it as a crime in its Criminal Code. Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, was ecstatic that the bill had passed. “Great news,” he announced. “Bill C-16 has passed the Senate – making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression. #Loveislove.”
Given how radical and utterly insane the modern day liberals are, it’s entirely possible that the United States could adopt a similar policy in the near future, at which point the left will have near total control over what people say and how they say it. It is just like something out of George Orwell’s famous novel 1984, only this time, the threats posed by a big brother government aren’t stuck between a front cover and back cover; they are happening in real life, like a nightmare that has come true. (Related: Read about how politically correct language control is a danger to our society.)
There is good news, however. According to a 2015 Rasmussen survey, 71 percent of American adults believe that our country’s embrace of political correctness is problematic, while just 18 percent disagreed and 10 percent had no opinion. While the survey didn’t specifically give a definition of political correctness, it did suggest that it had to do with social, corporate or legal pressure from liberals to only choose words that are inclusive and non-offensive.
At the very least, nearly three quarters of American adults saying that political correctness is a problem is a clear sign that the vast majority of us are fed up with the ongoing assault on free speech, and yes, that does include telling us which pronouns we should use and which ones we shouldn’t.