Temple University was founded in the 1800s by a conservative Baptist minister, but we doubt the university as it stands today would have much room for the opinions of anyone from a religious background, much less a denomination so obviously BIGOTED and OPPRESSIVE and CHRISTIAN as the Baptists. No, these days the Pennsylvania public university is more interested in erasing everything science has taught us about sex and gender because, well, that’s what the left thinks is important in the new millennium.
At the forefront of this movement is political science professor Heath Fogg Davis, a transgender man (meaning he was a girl at birth…we think? It’s hard to figure out sometimes) who makes it a point at the beginning of each semester to pass out note cards so that his students can write down their preferred pronouns. He does this so no one is accidentally “misgendered,” according to a feature story in The Temple News.
“Misgendering,” the article states, “is the act of blatantly or unintentionally referring to someone by incorrect gender pronouns.”
The article does not point out, naturally, that there may be some disagreement on the term “incorrect.”
Davis wants students to feel comfortable being addressed by their preferred pronouns, but his real goal is to eliminate the use of gendered pronouns altogether. “In an ideal world,” he said, “I wish that we all used a gender-neutral pronoun.”
The article then helpfully tells us that “the pronouns they/them are considered all-inclusive or gender-neutral pronouns, meaning that they can apply to people of any gender.”
Yes, except for the fact that these words are already in use as plural pronouns, and I happen to identify as an individual, so please respect my wishes, you discriminatory groupthinker!
Ah, but Nu’Rodney Prad tells The Temple News that we are to take the issue of misgendering as an issue of utmost seriousness.
“You don’t know necessarily what trauma can be triggered when someone is mispronounced or misgendered,” he said. “It could create different moments of disdain to where they have been picked on as a child, to maybe how they had been disowned by their family, to how they repetitively have to explain over and over again what it means.”
So yeah, let’s everyone walk on eggshells and use plural pronouns to refer to individual people because we don’t want to have some transgender pansexual genderqueer person of multi-color have to EXPLAIN AGAIN their internet-derived personal sexuality preference. Like, get woke already, bigots!
If this were a report about some cult in Berkeley, California or some rainbow-flavored online community, we could just about suffer it. But the fact that this is actually happening in the real world – in COLLEGE CLASSROOMS – is just unbelievably pathetic.
God help us when this country faces a period of real adversity again.