Obiter Dicta

Dispatch From Crazy Town

Posted: September 9, 2013

On Friday, Tim Graham of Newsbusters put together the lastest lunacy from The Washignton Post, this one about “preferred gender pronouns,” also known as PGPs:

According to the Post, “[t]o clarify their gender identity, students can request that others refer to them with traditional pronouns (he, him, his or she, her, hers), pick from a number of hybrid options, such as ze, hir, hirs, or use the plural pronoun ‘they’ to refer to an individual.”

Graham observed the obvious. The article in question isn’t journalism, it’s advocacy, and advocacy for a pretty wacky thing at that. A student who attends George Washington University explained that his generation doesn’t see “gender” as anything but a social construct:

“For them, gender is not necessarily permanent, and it doesn’t exist in a dichotomous system,” the student told the Post. “College students are thinking about gender in much more technicolor kinds of ways.”

The Post also seems to have accepted the terms its sources offer, noting that one fellow who spoke for the story was “assigned male at birth.”

Words fail us.


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