From Carolyn Moynihan at MercatorNet:
Pronouns and the march of gender diversity
We may more easily get our heads around an additional honorific such as “Mx”, even if we do not like it. After all, we got used to “Ms”.
But the gender grammarians have been hard at work and things are becoming much more complicated than that. A card developed by the LGBT Resource Centre at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011, and widely disseminated since, lists eight pronouns on one side (see below). These include the standard he, she and they, but also e/ey, per, sie, ve and zie – and their declension. The other side of the card has fill-in-the-blank sentences for practice — for example: “[ ] laughed at the notion of a gender binary.”
So far, this is rather futuristic stuff (and some activists have gone much further), but the trend is gaining ground at universities. LGBT groups provide displays and badges encouraging students to “Ask Me About My Pronouns”, professors are invited to training sessions, and some administrations allow students to register their preferred name and pronouns on university computer systems. At the University of Vermont, which has led this movement, students can choose “ze” as well as “name only”, meaning that they don’t want to be referred to by any third-person pronoun. It took six months and cost $80,000 for the university to create a software patch for this purpose. More.
Reality check: Legacy media, asscrat U’s, and ‘crats generally love this stuff. The harder it becomes to communicate accurately in usual ways about everyday realities, the easier the task of promoting pseudo-realities as a road to and consoldiation of political power.
See also: From the BBC Newspeak dictionary committee: End “he” and “she”
New York Times flirts with gender-neutral “Mx”
Mental health activists to you: Talk right or shut up The reality is that using terms from psychiatry in everyday life normalizes the illness. We all have a slight tendency to something or other; for a few people, it interferes with function and enjoyment. They should feel much less alone when it isn’t an “illness” label.