University of Vermont (USA)

The University of Vermont established an online database to allow transgender students to list their “preferred name and/or pronoun.” The service lets transgender students choose from the pronouns “none (nothing listed), she, ze, and he,” as well as “prefer name only,” apparently for students who are offended by the idea of pronouns entirely. Students can also indicate if they prefer to be called by a name other than their birth name.

In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, 2014 graduate Lindsay Whittaker said the school was not doing enough because sometimes transgender students were still called the wrong pronouns. Other students have complained that the term “preferred gender” is in itself offensive.

“The student who brought it to my attention said, ‘It’s not my preferred gender, it’s my gender,’” LGBTQA Center Director Dot Braur told VPR. “This isn’t about what color socks I like.”

Students Say UVM Residential Life Could Be More Trans-Friendly _ Vermont Public Radio.

Microagression Chips _ National Review Online.

2 thoughts on “University of Vermont (USA)

  1. “But the idea of a gender spectrum is still uncomfortable for some people who believe gender is binary.”

    Gender is not a binary. It’s a hierarchy. Women who say gender is a hierarchy with men on top are silenced, and often on the receiving end of bullying and intimidation tactics.

    People are not “assigned a sex at birth”.

    “In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, 2014 graduate Lindsay Whittaker said the school was not doing enough because sometimes transgender students were still called the wrong pronouns.”

    People aren’t using the “wrong pronouns”. Males are not “she”, and females are not “he”, and saying “ze”, “hir”, or “they” as in singular sounds ridiculous. Why do females have to call males “she”?

  2. I don’t think this goes far enough. Any student caught “mis-gendering” someone should be subject to immediate disciplinary action or expelled.

    Every student must memorize these gender neutral pronouns by the first semester of their freshman year.

    Ne Ne laughed I called nem Nir eyes gleam That is nirs Ne likes nemself
    Ve Ve laughed I called ver Vis eyes gleam That is vis Ve likes verself
    Spivak Ey laughed I called em Eir eyes gleam That is eirs Ey likes
    emself
    Ze (or zie) and hir Ze laughed I called hir Hir eyes gleam That is hirs Ze likes hirself
    Ze (or zie) and zir Ze laughed I called zir Zir eyes gleam That is zirs Ze likes zirself
    Xe Xe laughed I called xem Xyr eyes gleam That is xyrs Xe likes xemself

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