Friday, October 7, 2016

OK, maybe they're not all pussies. This guy is awesome on the hoof

The University of Michigan, in its infinite wisdom -- or lack thereof -- recently sent an email to students informing them that they could register with the university their preference in what pronoun should be used by university staff to address the student.
The Designated Pronouns policy is the work of “members of the pronoun committee who have worked the past year to formulate this process,” according to the email sent to students and faculty by Martha Pollack, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life.
It stated that “students can designate pronouns in Wolverine Access through the new Gender Identity tab within the Campus Personal Information section. This page will be used to enter/update and/or delete pronoun information with the University.”
Designated pronouns “give students the ability to tell the University what pronoun they identify with for use in our communications and interactions with them,” the email explained.
Naturally, the email to students suggested pronouns that included such made-up words as "ze." University staff declining to call people by words not previously included in any language -- well, they could be in trouble:
Professors and staff face disciplinary action if they do not use students’ “preferred pronouns,” a university spokesman told Heat Street. “If there were a persistent pattern of ignoring a student’s preference, we would address that as a performance matter.”
“University policy says that they should make a reasonable effort to refer to people by their designated pronouns. Then it said that it’ll be considered a work-related issue, that they can receive sanctions” for not following the policy, Strobl pointed out to CNSNews.
So what do they do about this guy:
After receiving a campus-wide email last Tuesday from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor administrators informing him that under the school’s new Designated Pronouns policy, he could choose the way he wished to be addressed on campus, junior Grant Strobl settled on the monarchial “His Majesty”.
“My new identity is His Majesty Grant Strobl, what’s yours?” Strobl tweeted on September 28th, urging his fellow students to follow his lead in selecting their own designated pronouns.
“I’ve always wanted professors to call me ‘His Majesty’ for some reason,” Strobl told
Sometimes, when faced with idiotic political correctness, the best retaliation is to make the fuckers choke on their own rules. So reassuring to find that some folks still get that. When they impose absurd requirements, make them live with absurdity. Thank you, His Majesty, for your public service.

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