Our understanding of gender has changed rapidly over the past few decades.
In addition to changing attitudes about masculinity and femininity, our culture has become more accepting of transgender people and people who choose not to identify with any gender at all. Despite adjustments in thinking, language hasn’t caught up, which is why pronouns like the singular “they,” “ze,” and “hir” have come into more common use.
Some people are not happy about these changes, including Grant Strobl.
When the University of Michigan allowed students to list their preferred pronouns on the roll sheet so professors could refer to students comfortably, Strobl decided to act. He used the new policy to change his pronouns to “His Majesty.” In an interview with Fox News, Strobl said, “When I realized that the university decided to live a fantasy of allowing students to insert words that aren’t even actual pronouns into the university online database that updates the rosters, I decided, well, I might as well be the king of that fantasy, and I henceforth shall be referred to as His Majesty.”
The University of Michigan Designated Pronoun policy details the importance of respecting personal pronouns.
“You can’t always know what someone’s personal pronoun is by looking at them. Correctly using someone’s designated personal pronoun is one of the most basic ways to show your respect for their gender identity.
When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, it can make them feel disrespected, invalidated, dismissed, alienated, or dysphoric (or, often, all of the above.)”
Strobl, along with his chapter of Young Americans For Freedom, plans to continue to protest the policy by choosing so-called “fantasy” pronouns.
(via The Washington Post)