University of Tennessee ditches gender pronouns
The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is ditching gendered pronouns.
According to the university, students and staff are being asked to ditch “he” and “she” to make the campus more gender-neutral.
Instead, the school’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion wants everyone on campus to use all-inclusive words like “ze” to make it easier to include all genders.
This movement away from traditional gendered pronouns is becoming more common.
Within the last couple of years, Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center representative Leah Ford decided ze did not want to be labeled as she or he.
“Ze, zim, zirs, people just choose what feels most comfortable to them,” said Ford. Ford felt most comfortable when people used gender neutral pronouns.
“When I am asked what my pronouns are it makes me feel a lot more comfortable,” said Ford.
Many Memphians are talking about the university’s decision.
“We have to analyze what is gender in the first place,” said Forest Deacon, who agrees with the decision to go gender neutral.
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
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