University of Tennessee Considers Adopting Gender Neutral Pronouns Like “Ze,” “Hir,” and “Xyr” To Avoid Discrimination

150px-UT_Volunteers_logo.svgWhile this may be just another “he said, she said” situation, a document released at the University of Tennessee suggests that it may be actually a “ze said, xe said” situation. Donna Braquet the director of the university’s Pride Center is asking faculty and students to drop using “he” and “she” in favor of using “correct pronouns” for particular students like ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr to reflect a broader array of gender identifications. We recently discussed how the University of California has adopted six different gender categories for students. Braquet is now suggesting that faculty adopt the new array of pronouns (“dozens of gender-neutral pronouns”) and use whatever the student feels is appropriate.

donnaDonna Braquet is associate professor and biology librarian with University Libraries. In fairness to Braquet, she is trying to have a dialogue about how to respond to the growing adoption of different gender identifications and fulfilling her role in working to make the university a more accommodating place. In that sense, I am not sure it is accurate to say that this is university policy, at least not yet.

Braquet insists that this is part of “making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all.” However, this could add a considerable burden for faculty, particularly in large classes. Bracket suggests “[i]nstead of calling roll, ask everyone to provide their name and pronouns . . . [so that] you are not singling out transgender or non-binary students.” She suggests “You can always politely ask,” she wrote. “’Oh, nice to meet you (insert name). What pronouns should I use?’”

Braquet adds:

“We should not assume someone’s gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems . . . Transgender people and people who do not identify within the gender binary may use a different name than their legal name and pronouns of their gender identity, rather than the pronouns of the sex they were assigned at birth.”

She admits that this can seem odd but she says that that is simply because it is new. As an academic, this would be a pretty daunting task for keeping track of so many options. I have a class of around 130 students. More importantly, I am still behind the learning curve on what terms like “xyr” mean, though Braquet insists that this is just part of learning the new lingo for a new age.

What do you think?

111 thoughts on “University of Tennessee Considers Adopting Gender Neutral Pronouns Like “Ze,” “Hir,” and “Xyr” To Avoid Discrimination”

  1. “Americans must adapt to and live with the consequences of freedom.”


    That was the effect of the Founders establishing freedom for Americans.

    That was UNDERSTOOD during the reading of the words of the Founders.

    If citizens enjoy Freedom of Speech, Americans will have to adapt to and live with that free speech.

    If Americans love hamburgers, sushi will have to adapt to that rejection. Too bad. So sad.

    (Hey, that was a tough one to grasp, huh? You’re a lot like the SCOUTS which can’t grasp the difference between “state” and “federal”).

  2. Even a complete idiot would know that freedom can’t be denied to fund parasites and provide them with free money and free matriculation and free jobs. It’s like lazy, greedy union members striking for more tax money.

    Even a complete idiot would know that a constitutional right to private property means that the government shall not dictate possession or disposition thereof. Private property can be understood as religious freedom. The government shall not dictate religion and the government shall not dictate possession or disposition of private property.

    Was there welfare, affirmative action, food stamps, social services, “Fair Housing,” forced busing, regulation of industry, Central Planning, Obamacare, or any other form of redistribution of wealth or control of people’s businesses and lives in 1789?

    Those who care to read can obtain

    “…some inside source of knowledge as to what the Founders wanted for this country.”

    What the Founders wanted for this country was in the United States in 1789 and it damn sure was not a collectivist welfare state. Private property rights were not denied to citizens. Free people kept their money and business and property and the government facilitated that. And anyone can read that as the history of the United States in 1789.

    Even an idiot can see what the Founders intended by the words and for American governance in perpetuity.

    The Founders wrote the founding documents to stand in perpetuity.

    They CHANGED what they discovered needed changing with the FIRST and LAST 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, understanding that further change would destroy the government they established.

  3. omanuel
    I hope you realize that link is to a blog site that mocks the Electrical Engineer (BA) and Science (BA) that goes by the name Steven Goddard, who actually isn’t related to any real Goddard, as that would implicate a true understanding in physics, which this imposter Goddard has no understanding of…

  4. Annie,
    “They don’t, except in their own minds.”
    = = =
    Isn’t that where legends are made?

  5. “Americans must adapt” to what would be revolutionaries think freedom is? Good luck with that. There are people who think they have some inside source of knowledge as to what the Founders wanted for this country. They don’t, except in their own minds.

  6. “Sticks and stones may break my bones

    But names will never hurt me.”

    Freedom of THOUGHT is a natural right that existed before government was established and precedes all other freedoms provided by the American founding documents.

    The Founders gave as an example, Nomadic Asiatic “Indians,” on what is now referred to as the North American continent, had the natural right to personal or “moveable” property.

    The first act of freedom is discrimination. Freedom is initiated by discrimination. Americans discriminate about 10,000 times per second. Racism is discrimination.

    Racism, discrimination and Freedom of Thought are the first rights provided and protected by the American founding documents. We THINK before we do anything such as speak, publish, pray or assemble.

    Discrimination and racism are protected rights as Freedom of Thought.

    Criminal and civil acts such as murder, rape, theft, fraud, defamation et al. are actionable offenses.

    To choose one’s friends and employees is a protected right in a free society.

    Affirmative action is clearly unconstitutional bias.

    Affirmative action has caused 50 years worth of damage to freedom in America and must be corrected.

    Americans must adapt to and live with the consequences of freedom.

  7. ‘You’ or ‘ ‘You There’ Interchangeable and non gender specific, perhaps with a ‘Yes You’.

  8. hskiprob

    Ben Franklin, 1789, we gave you “…a republic, if you can keep it.”

    Ben Franklin, 2015, we gave you “…a republic, if you can take it back.”

    The Founders gave America a restricted-vote republic – “…to ourselves and our posterity.” America had borders and only European males, age 21 with 50lbs Sterling or 50 acres could vote. The Founders CLARIFIED the Constitution with the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments. They did not allow any other changes. They knew that change would destroy the very Constitution itself. Every change after the Bill of Rights is TREASON. These changes do not have constitutional; weight or force and await correction. America has been a tyrannical dictatorship since before Lincoln’s “Reign of Terror” and his unconstitutional “Reconstruction Amendments.” As “Prohibition” was repealed, so shall all unpreambular and unconstitutional EDICTS after the Bill of Rights.

    Government was limited to Justice, Tranquility, Common Defence, Promote General Welfare (roads, water).

    The “blessings of liberty” are freedom and free enterprise without interference by government.

    Taxation is for governmental operations limited to the aforementioned security and infrastructure. Taxation is not to be punitive or confiscatory. Taxation is NOT to take private property from one man to give private property to another. It is no longer private property.

    Private property rights PRECLUDE any form of redistribution of wealth, including welfare, affirmative action, social services, “Fair Housing,” forced busing, Obamacare, compulsory retirement plan Social Security, “hate crime” (what’s a “love crime?”) etc.

    The American Thesis is Freedom and Self-Reliance.

    People must adapt to and live with the consequences of freedom. People must live with their personal characteristics as provided by nature.

    Charity is not a function of government. Charity is private, free enterprise, open to all in the private sector.

    NO Central Planning
    NO Control of the Means of Production
    NO Social Engineering
    NO Redistribution of Wealth

    Enslavement and dictatorship are the principles of the Communist Manifesto.

  9. Nick and Tyger. Many people in out society care but there is such a range of diversity. From anarchy to communism and all the way in between them there are individuals and groups fighting for what they deem to be the truth and best way of governing/running a society.

    We can’t even agree that taxation is theft. The mere action of the most politically powerful group stealing from the rest of society under a false pretense that the less politically powerful actually have some say on how the money is spent. This mere fact that this is massively present in our society today, doesn’t seem to sway the arguments even though it is occurring right before our eyes. In addition to the theft, they use various legislation and enforcement to protect their business interests from competition by the less wealthy.

    There are at least (10) reasons why all governments have failed to provide for what is in the best interest of the majority but we all know or at least have been taught to believe “we must have government”.

    Even though no government in the history of the world has every done anything except protect and build the wealth of the ruling class, we still hold on to the precious notion that “we much have government by force of arms’ utilizing taxation as the means of payment for the enforcement. Only in the rare periods in history when government either failed or were overthrown by rebellions have their been any sort of liberty and justice, only to quickly be deceived into allowing the tyranny of government to encroach on our liberties.

    Most people don’t even understand the difference between freedom and liberty. Try getting a public school teacher to vote for less spending on education or a road contractor to vote on less funding of public transportation.

    I actually still have people ask me how and who would pay for the roads. The have no idea how free enterprise works at all. They point out the potential problems and forget to note that just about everything the have and use everyday in their lives is built by free enterprise. It’s like asking who would build the ships. The wealthy must get their goods and services to society. The need roads to do this so all the companies that need to get their products to the marketplace would have a great interest in making sure there are good roads.

    The wealthy of course are going to try to get the rest of society to pay for the roads and use various memes and logical fallacies to convince people of this. The village idiots don’t seem to acknowledge that most roads are actually built by free enterprise and then are forced to give them to their communities or that many of the early turnpikes where also built by private capital. I lived in community where we had to build and maintain our own roads. When it came time to repave them, we had accrued enough money in our HOA to repave them and had it done by the company we wanted and thought was best rather they relying on some bureaucrat and politicians who we don’t know or trust to make these decisions.

    We are reminded year after year of the poor decisions our politicians make, mostly to benefit the ruling class and one of the reasons why the best interest of the majority is always overshadowed.

    Our Constitutional republic was not bad but we surely did not hold on to the underlying principles of limited government and the protection of individual rights.

    Our Constitution has been so abrogated over the years that one can make a strong argument that we are today operating under a government that is no longer lawfully constituted, thus null and void and now operate under despotic/authoritarian rule by an oligarchy so powerful that they control the purse strings of our various levels government.

    Our country has gone the full circle from tyranny to liberty and now back to tyranny. We thought that hierarchal government through the force of taxation could be restrained and we were obviously wrong.

    Each new generation believes they can right the ship and new parties and associations are created. Each of course fails until one generation has no choice but to physically rebel. A new American Revolution will some day result only to fall under the same illogical remedy of hierarchal government know as the nation state, thus another cyclical round from liberty to tyranny.

  10. What’s the matter with ‘you’ and ‘you there’ at the discretion of the person speaking?

  11. Tyger, Your comment @ 12:56a was superb, but it glowed even brighter among the dull comments surrounding it.

  12. I think that one term should be used for the gender change people like Bruce Jenner. If he has had surgery and now has no weeny but has a twat then he should be called Twat Jenner. If no surgery then Twatless Jenner. If he still has the weeny then he is a Drag Queen. Whatever he is he should quit smoking–it shows how stupid he/she/it is. Clueless and Twatless.

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