While most people are completely fine with using the simple binary pronoun system of “he” and “she,” the University of Oklahoma has found it necessary for their students to become familiar with eight different types of pronouns, to ensure that nobody on campus accidentally uses an offensive label.
According to the guide, published by the University of Oklahoma Gender and Equality Center, in addition to “she,” “he,” and “they,” students should also be aware of “Ze,” “Sie,” “Zie,” “Zi,” ”Ey,” and “Per.” The latter five “pronouns” apparently refer to genders that are not quite male or female, but are also too unique to be classified as “neither he or she.”
While the guide offers absolutely no relevant explanation as to how they came up with the new pronouns, it claims that gender identity is self-determined based how how an individual chooses to portray themselves.
“To put it simply, gender identity is self-identified and is our internal sense of who we are in terms of being a man, woman, or somewhere on the gendered spectrum,” the guide reads.
The guide also includes a section on “straight privilege” that seeks to inform readers about the vast amount of privilege or bias that is afforded to people who choose not to self-identify somewhere within the LGBTQ grouping. Examples of straight privilege include having one’s sexual orientation “naturalized from birth,” not having to fear violence because of gender identity, and having ample media representation of straight gender identity.
Finally, the guide also attacks religion as having produced a narrative that there is a single negative view because, as the authors say, “socially conservative political and religious organizations have dominated public discussion on this issue.” The last section of the guide features a section on the viewpoints from various churches on the LGBTQ community, though the descriptions of each church tend to be wildly inaccurate.
For example, all Baptists are wrongly listed as considering homosexuality to be sinful, and the authors even go as far as slander the Southern Baptist Convention. According to the authors, individuals within the SBC “express antipathy not only for gay and lesbian people but also for any individual or institution that acknowledges, accepts, or supports them.”
John Patrick (@john_pat_rick) is a graduate of Canisius College and Georgia Southern University. He interned for Red Alert Politics during the summer of 2012 and has continued to contribute regularly.