- Students at the University of Michigan may now designate preferred pronouns on class rosters, following a year-long effort by the UM “pronoun committee.”
- The policy had been demanded by a student petition last semester, which asserted that “trans students…often find themselves facing threats to their mental and physical safety.”
- Other students, however, feel the university’s resources could be better spent on “more pressing needs,” such as helping students secure employment after graduation.
Students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor may now designate preferred pronouns on class rosters, following a year-long effort by the UM “pronoun committee.”
According to an email sent out by the administration and obtained by Prager University, this means that any student can select whichever pronouns they wish, such as “he, she, him, his, ze, etc.,” or else default to no pronouns at all.
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“The University of Michigan is committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness,” begins the email from Provost Martha Pollak and Vice President for Student Life E. Royster Harper.
“Asking about and correctly using someone’s designated pronoun is one of the most basic ways to show respect for their identity and to cultivate an environment that respects all gender identities,” Pollack and Harper assert. “If you make a mistake and use the wrong pronoun, you can acknowledge that you made a mistake and use the correct pronoun next time.”
The committee responsible for this is made up of no less than 11 professors and administrators, who have reportedly been working for the past year to implement the new system.
Last semester, a Change.org petition was launched called “Have the University Put Student Pronouns on Class Rosters” which has thus far garnered nearly 800 signatures.
“Trans students at the University of Michigan often find themselves facing threats to their mental and physical safety,” the petition said, noting that before the policy change, students had to speak with their professors directly “or risk being misgendered in the classroom,” which the document calls “a mentally and emotionally draining experience.”
Some students, however, believe that the Pronoun Committee’s resources might have been better spent elsewhere, and question the actual value of the new policy.
“Considering the more pressing issues that we find on college campuses, such as affordability and securing employment for graduates, I am disappointed that our resources are being directed towards a committee like this one,” sophomore Talia Katz told Campus Reform. “There are much more real and important issues than protecting students’ delicate feelings and catering to an easily offended and highly sensitive generation.”
Fortunately, we have an appropriate response:
With that in mind, one conservative student, Grant Strobl, who is also chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom board of governors, decided to troll the university administration by officially requesting his pronoun to be changed to “His Majesty.”
So naturally, The “tolerant” snowflakes respond:
@cirrob good thing ur not popular or funny so no trans gals have to read ur garbage
Friday afternoon, a University of Michigan statistics professor threatened to “punish” anybody in her class who used the school’s new pronoun designation tool to change their pronoun to “His Majesty” like YAF Chairman Grant Strobl did earlier this week.
According to student sources, the professor, identified as statistics lecturer Nadiya Fink, told her class they would be punished if they changed their pronoun to something “disrespectful” to students who are “different” than “us.”
Fink remarked, “People who do what that kid did will be punished.”
Strobl’s legendary trolling has since gone viral, earning coverage from dozens of leading television, radio, and online outlets.
Unfortunately for Fink, the logic behind the university’s new tool clearly allow for students to follow Grant’s lead. If Grant claims he identifies as “His Majesty,” the university can no more invalidate his identification than they can invalidate anybody who identifies as “ze’s” identification.
Will the Left play by its own rules?
OF COURSE NOT!
As usual, the rules were for THEE not Me. You have to abide by their rules. They can do want ever they want. That’s the point of this dance. They call the tune. You do as they say.
Great use of Alinsky rules 4&5. Ridicule & forcing them to live up to their ridiculous standards. Bravo!
We’ll keep you updated. (YAF)
And 2 Years Ago: