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Harvard Students Told That Using the Wrong Pronouns is ‘Cultural/Identity Abuse’

Harvard Students Told That Using the Wrong Pronouns is ‘Cultural/Identity Abuse’

“just a handful of the things the school told all undergraduate students in a mandatory Title IX training session”

Harvard doesn’t seem like a serious institution anymore. Wokeness is destroying its brand.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Harvard Tells Students: ‘Using Wrong Pronouns’ Constitutes ‘Abuse’

Welcome to Harvard!

“Fatphobia” and “cisheterosexism” perpetuate “violence.” “Using the wrong pronouns” constitutes “abuse.” And “any words used to lower a person’s self-worth” are “Verbal Abuse.” Those are just a handful of the things the school told all undergraduate students in a mandatory Title IX training session, according to materials reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

The online training, which all undergraduates were required to complete in order to enroll in courses, includes a “Power and Control Wheel” to help students identify “harmful” conduct. Outside the wheel are attitudes that “contribute to an environment that perpetuates violence,” a voiceover from the training states, including “sizeism and fatphobia,” “cisheterosexism,” “racism,” “transphobia,” “ageism,” and “ableism.”

Inside the wheel are behaviors that the school says constitute “abuse” and could violate its Title IX policies. “We all have an essential role to play in creating a community that cultivates gender equity and inclusion,” Harvard College dean Rakesh Khurana told students in a video introducing the training. “Completing this course is a critical step in establishing a shared understanding of the values here at Harvard College.”

Presentation slide from Harvard College’s “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct” training.

Harvard launched the training in 2016, according to the Harvard Crimson, and announced in 2018 that completing the training was a prerequisite for course enrollment. The school is vague on the repercussions for violations of its sprawling interpretation of Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex, stating that violations “may” result in “termination, dismissal, expulsion” or “revocation of tenure.”

A spokesman for Harvard’s Office for Gender Equity, which conducts the Title IX training, did not respond to a request for comment. Harvard did not respond to a request for comment.

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NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird grew up in Indiana, where it is said every kid grows up dreaming of playing basketball for Indiana University.

Bird did get in to I.U., and he did matriculate. But he left after one maybe two days. Apparently it just didn’t feel right.

How’s it work out for him? Obviously, just fine.

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I’d like to believe that there were at least a handful of Fall/2022 Harvard enrollees who participated in these “trainings” and have now decided to Just Walk Away.

For the vast majority of them, there’re far better ways to use their time and money.

I look forward to hearing their stories one day.


 
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MajorWood | September 15, 2022 at 3:24 pm

It isn’t those who walk away, it is those who don’t apply in the first place. Oberlin is putting itself in a position to only attract useful idiots down the road, with an emphasis on idiots. As a straight white christian conservative male I would not have gone there now.


     
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    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to MajorWood. | September 15, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    I’m white and conservative. Not the other two. To the stereotypes, Oberlin is perfect for me due to being not-Christian, and I play for the other team. They’re wrong.

My pronoun of choice is “Godschild.”
I will use your chosen pronouns and report/sue you every time you fail to use or mock mine.


 
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The Gentle Grizzly | September 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm

Further adding to Harvard going from university to punchline.


 
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henrybowman | September 15, 2022 at 7:28 pm

“cishetero” is 100% redundant, isn’t it?
Maybe some speech IS violence after all…
certainly this speech is violence to the English language.


     
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    healthguyfsu in reply to henrybowman. | September 16, 2022 at 12:44 am

    In loony woke world, cishetero is someone that never tries to make up their gender and is straight.

    Again, in loony woke world, trans changes your gender but somehow magically doesn’t change whether you like the opposite sex or not. So a transhetero male is someone that was a woman now says they are men and likes women….yes, I’m not kidding, that’s not considered a lesbian.

    This gets even more loony when someone like the swimmer attention whore at Penn is labeled “trans female” but attracted to women. Makes perfect sense that they are “gay”.


       
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      healthguyfsu in reply to healthguyfsu. | September 16, 2022 at 12:47 am

      For that last part, keep in mind that “Lia” is attracted to women and the university forced the other women to share a locker room with it while it has male genitalia. They asked and were literally told that they must share the locker room with it. Somehow, magically, this is not a Title IX violation.


     
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    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | September 16, 2022 at 9:46 am

    How about a triple play? Cishetronormative.?


     
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    M Poppins in reply to henrybowman. | September 16, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Fight back against Newspeak

The real abuse is forcing people to use random pronouns that have no association with the English language, nor association with the appearance of the person in question.


 
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Ol' Jim hisself | September 16, 2022 at 8:36 am

I live in Texas – my pronouns are “armed” and “dangerous” !

The basic question is who decides new student orientation issues? It used to be a faculty committee supplemented with student representatives. It has now become the turf assigned to non-academic staff who hold master degrees from Schools of Education. They are very wise to recognize that new students are most impressionable before and during orientation, and can’t be influenced once they become immersed in whatever culture prevails on campus. Just as President Eisenhower warned about the “military-industrial complex” I fear the “Title IX consultancy complex.” Harvard spends a lot of money on new student orientation, on Title IX compliance, and that feeds into special interests who lobby for ever-more expansion of Title IX requirements and scope. It is a never-ending cycle, and is bleeding into the HR departments of corporate America, although they are not subject to Title IX at all.

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