Students at Oxford University have been told by the administration to refer to one another using the pronouns “ze” instead of normal “he” or “she.” This is just one of the many universities in the world that has fallen victim to PC culture.
Why would they adopt ridiculous policies like that? They say it’s in order to avoid offending transgender peers…
Their student union code already contained this maddening rule, making it an offence to misgender another student, but they decided to send out a reminder their students, most who were oblivious to this crazy stance.
Post-truth in academia: ‘He’ and ‘she’ are now ‘ze’ at Oxfordhttps://t.co/bOfMLpTgDi via @thesundaytimes
— Joanna Williams (@jowilliams293) December 11, 2016
From Heat Street:
The Sunday Times reported that the union published a leaflet for students insisting on the adoption of “ze”, which the union disputed.
However, they did confirm that the policy of requiring people to state their pronouns is in widespread use, alongside their support for other “neopronouns”.
The move takes on a special significance at Oxford, the world’s oldest English-speaking university and, via the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most widely-recognised custodians of the language.
A statement posted on OUSU’s website said: “In light of the factual inaccuracies published, we would like to highlight that our support for trans students includes respecting neopronouns and non-binary identities.
“We would also like to clearly state that we would never tell anyone to use ‘ze’ pronouns instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’ if ‘he’ or ‘she’ is the pronoun someone wishes to use.”
Why are all these prestigious universities taking these ridiculous stances? There have already been reports that University of Cambridge has started asking their speakers to introduce themselves using gender neutral pronouns.
The culture shift follows changes in US and Canadian institutions.
At Vanderbilt University, staff are now required to specify their pronouns on nametags.
At the University of Michigan professors can be punished for using the wrong pronouns when addressing students, though many turned the regime to farce by insisting on pronouns like “his majesty” and “the greatest of all time”.
Oxford students to use ‘Ze’ instead of ‘She’ or ‘He’ so they don’t offend transgender people. Should all language be gender [email protected]
— Sarah-Jane Mee (@skysarahjane) December 12, 2016
H/T: Heat Street