I’m totally down with the cause and equality and all of that, but the whole pronoun thing kind of warps my mind. For example, when Tinder introduced 37 new gender identities in their latest update. I truly don’t understand how there can be that many, and if that makes me ignorant, so be it, but I’m sorry, I feel like 37 choices seems a little excessive.
And that’s why I don’t understand this move from the University of Kansas, as they are now offering students buttons through the school’s library system meant to make their preferred gender pronouns clear.
The buttons come in three versions: “He him his,” ”She her hers” and, for people who don’t identify themselves as male or female, “They them theirs.”
“Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” a sign at the libraries reads. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter! Misgendering someone can have lasting consequences, and using the incorrect pronoun can be hurtful, disrespectful, and invalidate someone’s identity.”
Again, maybe I’m being ignorant, but I thought we were trying to normalize, not ostracize, those with gender identity issues. I feel like walking around with a big ole’ button slapped on your chest is kind of the opposite of that. People haven’t worn name tags since kindergarten, and anyone who does as an adult looks frankly ridiculous. Can’t say I agree with the logic here.
Neither can Costanza.