U. Minnesota Backs Off Plan to Punish People for Not Using Preferred Pronouns
“We got a lot of feedback that the purpose of this policy should be to educate and to inspire our community”
It’s amazing that they thought this would fly in the first place. That’s how far we’ve drifted.
The College Fix reports:
University of Minnesota backs off proposal to punish people for not using preferred gender pronouns
The University of Minnesota recently unveiled the latest draft of a proposed administrative policy on gender identity that removed controversial language that had proposed punishing students and faculty for not using preferred gender pronouns. Potential sanctions had included firing or expulsion in previous drafts.
The policy allows for university members to use “a specified name that differs from the name listed on their legal documents, use a gender identity that differs from their sex and/or sex assigned at birth, and/or specify the pronouns and other gendered personal references used to refer to them.”
Previous drafts included language for disciplinary sanctions for failing to use someone’s preferred gender pronouns. The sanctions involved “disciplinary action up to and including termination from employment and academic sanctions up to and including academic expulsion.”
Tina Marisam, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the university, said that the sanctions made for a “scarier policy,” according to the Minnesota Daily campus newspaper.
“We got a lot of feedback that the purpose of this policy should be to educate and to inspire our community to engage in respectful behavior,” she told a senate committee at the university.
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A local mochahut that I used to go to now has a sign on the cash register that customers should ask for the cashier’s preferred pronoun before addressing them. I wonder if that is part of their “get woke, go broke” strategy as I am now a permanent former customer.
My current policy is: if you look and act like a clown, I will treat you like a clown.” The characterization used on Portlandia simply did not go far enough. We could have our own website similar to the one which shows the types of people who shop at Walmart. I currently define myself by the number of ways “that I don’t stand out.” Lets see: short normal hair color, no tats, no piercings, pants pulled up, not vaping, earth colors, no jewelry, … I also answer “no” to every question on the Red Cross blood donor survey, which they assure me, is a good kind of dull.
Coerced speech is not free speech.
This isn’t fixed until they get rid of the people who drafted this absurdity in the first place.