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SUNY Binghamton Provides Students and Faculty With ‘Pronoun Etiquette’

SUNY Binghamton Provides Students and Faculty With ‘Pronoun Etiquette’

“Being an ally is an active role, and it is your responsibility to correct people when they make a mistake”

It’s probably safe to assume this is a directive and not a suggestion.

Campus Reform reports:

SUNY Binghamton encourages ‘Pronoun Etiquette’ for ‘Everyday Conversation’

The State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton) provides “Pronoun Etiquette” instructions to help students and staff “[learn] together about the importance of pronouns and [be] better allies to the trans communities on campus.”

The school’s LGBTQ Center offers an extensive list of pronouns, Mad Lib practice examples, and other ways to incorporate gender-neutral language into everyday speech.

“Like names, pronouns are an important part of how we identify that deserves to be respected,” the webpage states. “And we recognize that assuming someone’s gender can be hurtful, especially to members of our community who are transgender, genderqueer, or gender expansive.”

Gender-inclusive pronouns the LGBTQ Center tells students to be aware of include “zie/zir/zirs,” “ey/em/eirs,” and “ve/ver/vers.”

One example of how to properly employ such pronouns includes: “Jordan was wearing a really nice blue shirt today. Ey said ey recently bought it at eir favorite store.”

“Noel was in the meeting today and had a really good idea. Xe said that we could increase enrollment through better marketing and xyr idea could really help us out in the long run. We should talk to xem about it more at the next meeting,” another example reads.

The etiquette tips also instruct students to correct themselves and others if they “make a mistake with someone’s pronouns.”

“Being an ally is an active role, and it is your responsibility to correct people when they make a mistake,” the LGBTQ Center advises.


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Little known fact:

There is a film version of the SUNY Binghamton administration

It features Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and John Cleese:

In the substance-abuse recovery world, this is called enabling. If one were to take the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and replace alcoholic with academic, it would still be 99+% spot-on.

Is one required to be an ally, on their terms? I am a skeptic. And everything I need to know about English pronouns, I learned in kindergarten (or before).

    henrybowman in reply to artichoke. | June 12, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    “Ally” is one of those new words the Marxists use to replace old words that have become irredeemably sullied over the years, like “women’s health” instead of “abortion.”

    It means you work to promote the welfare and goals of a group to which you don’t belong, whose members neither pay you nor appreciate you.

    The old term was “n—–“.

“We should talk to xem about it more at the next meeting,” another example reads.”

This is not original to me, but I think it bears repeating: They are not demanding that we speak TO “transgender” people in a respectful manner, they are demanding that we speak ABOUT “transgender” people in a respectful manner.

It has nothing to do with how they are treated, but with how they are regarded. In other words, this isn’t about being outwardly kind to them, it’s about telling us how we must think about them. It’s about controlling our opinions and regulating our thoughts.

And the answer is: “No”.

Neither reality nor my thoughts and opinions are things that you can bend to your will.

I have a phrase I use when I have run into particularly obnoxious and obtuse individuals who are locked into their factually wrong idea: “I could agree with you, but then we would BOTH be wrong.”

Sorry SUNY. Agreeing with the delusion would make us BOTH wrong.

Compelled speech. In a world of horrible and depressing news, this is among the worst.

    artichoke in reply to Anne. | June 13, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I can’t learn all those pronouns and when I’m not sure, I’ll just use “hey you”.

Channeling Blake in “Glengarry Glen Ross”:

“What are my pronouns? F**K and YOU, those are my pronouns, pal.”