A university has allowed students to choose their preferred pronoun they want peers and faculty to use — and it's causing a stir among students.
University of Michigan — which recently came under fire after racist fliers warning white women not to date black men were found on its walls — sent out an announcement on the university’s website.
“A designated personal pronoun is a pronoun an individual chooses to identify with and expects others to use when referencing them (he, she, him, his, ze, etc.),” the school said in a news release. “Faculty members play a vital role in ensuring all of our community feels valued, respected and included. Given that this process is new, we ask that faculty members review their rosters again in mid- to late October to give students time to designate their pronouns.”
Although there is no denying the fact it is respectful to use the pronoun a person identifies with, some students believe the university has gone overboard with their new policy.
Grant Strobl, the chairman of the activism group, Young Americans for Freedom, has said although he has “no problem with students asking to be identified a certain way” he thinks it’s absurd the school has threatened students and staff with disciplinary action if they repeatedly fail to use “arbitrary” pronouns.
To show how silly the new rule is, Strobl decided to troll the administration by officially requesting his pronoun be changed to “His Majesty.”
He also logged on to the school’s portal and made changes to his pronoun online. It’s not yet clear whether the officials have allowed him to keep it.
Following his example, many others have posted their preferred pronouns or shown disdain for the policy.
I hereby declare my pronouns to be the following:— Adi (@hack_n_chill) September 29, 2016
Men shall address me as "my lord"
Women shall address me as "daddy"#UMPronounChallenge
#UMPronounChallenge Madam Supreme Witchiness— DeplorableEbil (@DeplorableEbil) September 29, 2016