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All-Women’s College Offers Students Ten Pronoun Options, Including the Option to Never Be Called A Pronoun

Apparently, the use of incorrect pronouns can be "institutionalized violence."

Scripps College, a private all-women’s college in Southern California, is giving students ten pronoun options to choose from in their student portal accounts — including “hu, hum, hus, himself,” “Just My Name Please,” and “None”

It’s not clear what the hell students who choose “None” are supposed to be called, especially since “Name Only” is another option. Are they (oops! I said “they!”) asking to not be spoken to at all? Because that sounds like a microaggression.

The other eight options are “E/Ey, Em, Eir/Eirs, Eirself/Emse,” “Per, Per, Per/Pers, Perself,” “Zi, Hir/Hirs Hirself,” “Ze, Zir, Zir/Zirs, Zirself,” “They, Them, Their/Theirs, Themse” (used as a singular pronoun) and — yes — the archaic “He, Him, His, Himself” or “Her, She, Hers, Herself.”

This list of pronouns, as well as a pronunciation guide for those insensitive bigots who don’t already know them by heart, was provided to the College Fix.

The students’ selections are given to professors. It’s not clear what kind of hell a professor might have to endure for accidentally using the wrong one — but it could be serious, especially considering that at least one student considers the options to be necessary protection from “institutionalized violence.” Yes — “violence”:

“One’s gender identity should not be something that causes them anxiety in their everyday lives,” junior Rachel Neuberg told The Student Life, the official college newspaper for the affiliated Claremont and Pomona Colleges.

#related#“I hope that Scripps will continue to create a safe and comfortable place for its students, and that other colleges will take note so we can all work together to stop institutionalized violence,” she continued.

There is, however, an obvious problem with this system: What about the gender-fluid students who may change genders and pronouns throughout the year, or even perhaps throughout the day? I can’t imagine how traumatic (dangerous?) being pressured to choose just one might be.

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review.

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