University of Georgia Offers How-to Guide on Using Gender-neutral Pronouns

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Yes! That’s right! I know you’ve all been waiting on the edge of your seats for this guide to come out! How crazy is THIS?! We should have saw this coming, especially after some of the new liberal laws on unisex or transgenders in girls bathrooms. What’s next gender fluidity? Oops! Never mind.

The University of Georgia’s LGBT Resource Center recently produced a “How-To Guide” on pronoun usage in an effort to promote inclusive language on campus.

The pamphlet includes a chart listing both traditional and gender-neutral pronouns, along with a worksheet to help students practice using each one as a subject, object, possessive, possessive pronoun, and reflexive.

Instead of using “s/he,” for example, the chart suggests “they,” “ze,” “e/ey,” “per,” or “ve”—each of which has a corresponding variation to replace the formulations “her/him,” “her/his,” “hers/his,” and “her/himself.”

An accompanying “How-To Guide” provides example sentences, directing students to fill in the blank with a pronoun from the appropriate numbered column.

“Respecting someone’s gender identity means using their pronouns, whether they are in earshot or not,” it declares below the practice sentences.

Are you kidding me? And just when you thought you knew ALL your pronouns.

The guide also includes advice for those who may be uncomfortable using gender-neutral pronouns, encouraging them volunteer their own preferred pronouns and ask others to specify theirs.

“It isn’t rude to ask someone what their pronouns are. Ask away! They will be glad that you care enough to get it right,” it assures readers, advising them to use “they, them, and their” in cases where they do not know someone else’s preferred pronouns.

The guide also urges students to “introduce yourself with your name and your pronouns so that others will feel comfortable doing the same.”

The UGA LGBT Resource Center did not respond to requests for comment from Campus Reform, but UGA student Reed Ferguson made clear his disdain for the pamphlet, describing it as little more than a feel-good exercise for campus liberals.

“This is about denying objective reality in favor of subjective feelings,” Ferguson told Campus Reform.

“The left likes to complain about patriarchal, heterosexual, cisgender ‘social constructs,’” he added, but “Objective reality doesn’t matter. To them, it’s all about how you ‘feel.’ Ironically, this pamphlet is a social construct.”

That’s right! That’s how we got into transgender education in the first place. Liberals came up with the idea, that just because you were a male, that didn’t limit you to ‘feeling like a female’ and therefore, they created laws for perverts to access the girls washrooms.

Welcome to the world of gender fluidity….where even the pronouns taught in English class to most Americans, don’t make sense anymore. Because again for liberals, it’s all about HOW YOU FEEL!

In addition to promoting gender-neutral pronoun usage, the LGBT Resource Center is active on campus in other ways, as well.

On January 12-14, for instance, it is co-sponsoring a two-and-a-half-day Social Justice Retreat “to create a safe space for undergraduate students of all backgrounds to explore issues of diversity, identity, and inclusion, and how these concepts show up in large and small ways.”

I guess thanks to the liberals who supported Hillary Clinton and lost…all those snowflakes requested a class for ‘safe spaces’. Who knew there was such a demand?

Of course, if you thought this whole gender-neutral issue was just at the college level….think again.

Back in early September, a teacher in a public school in Tallahassee, Florida requested students in FIFTH grade to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom in Canopy Oaks Elementary.

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Math and science teacher Chloe Bressack, who claims to be from the Pensacola area, sent the request home in a letter to parents headlined “About Mx. Bressack.”

“… my pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.’ I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural,” the letter reads, “but students catch on pretty quickly.”

The letter also asks that students use “Mx.,” (pronounced ‘Mix’) when addressing the teacher rather than Mr. or Ms.

The note alarmed some parents.

In a post written Tuesday night in the Facebook group “Tally Moms Stay Connected,” a parent said her child’s teacher sent home a “Welcome to my class” note, which included the request.

The parent ended her original post with the question, “What would your reaction be as a parent of 9 & 10 year olds?”

The resulting comments became a battleground where socially conservative and liberal parents clashed.

Canopy Oaks Principal Paul Lambert said he and the school are in full support of Bressack.

“We support her preference in how she’s addressed, we certainly do,” Lambert said. “I think a lot of times it might be decided that there is an agenda there, because of her preference — I can tell you her only agenda is teaching math and science at the greatest level she can.”

Bressack declined an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat  Wednesday, but commented in an email, “I feel very lucky to be teaching at Canopy Oaks, and I look forward to working with my students this year.”

Lambert acknowledged there have been some calls to the Canopy Oaks front office regarding the letter.

“There has been some (contact from concerned parents), the thing that has brought good understanding is, it’s not a preference that’s being applied to anyone other than the teacher.”

Lambert said Bressack refers to every student by either their name or a gender-specific pronoun, “just like every other classroom in our building.”

Addressing gender issues is not new to the district at the student level.

Following a controversy in 2015 surrounding a gender-neutral student’s decision to wear a dress, questions were raised about the district’s bylaws regarding the dress code, school environment and discrimination against certain students. A  week after the incident, LCS conducted a training session familiarizing dozens of administrators with policies relating to transgender and gender nonconforming students.

The training included ensuring students’ safety but also explained that students are allowed to access facilities, like restrooms and locker rooms, and participate in athletic teams that align with their gender identity.

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Superintendent Rocky Hanna addressed the situation in a statement sent to the Democrat. He said he met with Canopy Oaks administrators after learning about the letter.

“According to Principal Lambert, the teacher addresses students daily by using the pronouns he, she, him and her.  The teacher also uses ma’am and sir when responding to students. As a personal preference, however, the teacher simply prefers to be referred to in gender neutral terms as that of a coach,” Hanna wrote.

Of course, not to most of your suprise, the elementary school teacher who made international news after bringing gender neutral pronouns into the classroom was then transferred to another program within the district.

Leon County Schools officials confirmed that Chloe Bressack, a fifth-grade teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary School, was transferred to the Adult and Community Education campus on Appleyard Drive to teach in its adult basic education program. The transfer took effect immediately, according to Chris Petley, spokesman for the district.

Public schools! Aren’t they great?!

There is a push by the left to force these conversations on children, particularly with regard to sexual identity. However, it’s a very complex issue, one that transcends the mere idea that some people are born as boys but probably should have been born as girls.  I’m sorry, but I still believe that there are boys and there are girls – two genders. The rest is messed up.

When we get into things like “gender neutral,” we get into murky waters that even many adults don’t fully comprehend. So how do you expect FIFTH graders to understand what most adults don’t?

To put this topic – gender-neutral pronouns – into a class on campus at a state university, funded by all citizens of Georgia is beyond me. But then again, I don’t support safe spaces either. SMH

As long as I’m alive, I will believe there are only two genders – male and female. Sure you may have tendencies of one or the other, but that doesn’t make your gender fluid. And as far as subjective pronouns go, there are only – they, we, he, she or it! If you have a problem with that…so be it!

 

 

 

Resources: Campus Reform, PJ Media, Pensacola News Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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