NO LONGER FUNNY: College Campuses Descend Further Into Absurdity in the Age of Trump
I have several stories to catch-up on, but the first one I wanted to get to is what’s happening at Oxford University. In case you missed the news, here’s something that should send a shudder down your spine.
Students at the University of Oxford are being encouraged to use gender neutral pronouns such as “ze” instead of “he” and “she.”
The use of “ze” is advised in a students’ union leaflet. It is now hoped that university lecturers and seminar teachers will follow suit, The Sunday Times reports.
LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has welcomed the university’s move towards greater gender inclusivity, telling the newspaper: “This issue isn’t about being PC. It’s about respecting people’s right to define themselves as neither male nor female.”
In October, the University of Oxford posted on its website that its transgender guidance is “currently being revised and a draft will be available later this term.” Transphobic bullying and harassment is already listed as an offence punishable with expulsion.
What was a joke a year ago, calling someone “ze, zir, and whatever other fucked up terms SJWs created,” is now being forced on students at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. This is a virus that is sure to spread, by the way. It’s already headed to Cambridge.
According to The Sunday Times, the University of Cambridge is also moving towards greater gender inclusivity. Sophie Buck, welfare officer at its students’ union, said: “Events start with a speaker introducing themselves using a gender neutral pronoun. It’s part of a drive to make the union intersectional.”
We were all laughing about this nonsense and it wasn’t that long ago. It’s no longer funny. And you have to ask yourself, what exactly constitutes “transphobic harassment” at Oxford? That’s an expulsion-level offense there. Is stating that gender is appropriately assigned at birth considered harassment there? What if you refused to call someone by their “preferred” pronoun? Or maybe you just had an unapproved publication pulled up on your browser when some transgendered individual walked by? The last one may sound silly at this point, but I don’t think so. Just 12 months ago, calling another human being “ze” sounded silly as well. Now, it’s being propagated as the norm on UK campuses.
We are entering a new era of ridiculousness here. In the Age of Trump, look for colleges to get even wackier in response to losing everywhere else. This shit is just getting started.