Skip to content

Call me “ze”: U. of Tennessee campus pushes students to use “gender-neutral” pronouns

My lastest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

If it’s “gender-neutral,” how come it’s “hir” if you’re a woman but “zir” if you’re a man?

The University of Tennessee is encouraging students to use gender-neutral pronouns to help students feel more welcome as classes begin this month.

“The pronouns include ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, and xyr….

“’We should not assume someone’s gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems,’ Donna Braquet, the Director of the University of Tennessee’s Pride Center, told WATE. ‘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.'”

And according to a chart accompanying Braquet’s memo (on campus diversity office’s website), the pronouns “they, them, and “theirs,” even though they look gender-neutral, apparently aren’t. The chart suggests substituting “xe,” “xem,” and “xyrs.”

***

My prediction is that UT-Knoxville students will be twisting their tongues trying to figure out the pronunciation difference, for example, between “ze” (“he” and also “she”) and “xe” (“they”)–and also wondering why they should care. And get this: The object pronoun for “ze” is “hir” when the person’s a female, but “zir” when the person’s a male. How is that “gender-neutral”?

But Braquet assures us:

“These may sound a little funny at first, but only because they are new. The she and he pronouns would sound strange too if we had been taught ze when growing up.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Chrissie Hynde trashed for saying women should use “common sense” to avoid rape

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Hynde-sight: It’s not a good idea to get drunk and flirt with motorcycle-gang members

If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be?” Hynde wrote. “If I’m walking around and I’m very modestly dressed and I’m keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I’d say that’s his fault. But if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged — don’t do that. Come on! That’s just common sense. You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him.”

Oh my! The tweets ranged from:

“Lost ALL respect for Chrissie Hynde!! NO WOMAN asks to be raped, nor deserves to be, no woman asks for it!”

and:

“Like saying you deserve to be mugged for carrying money.”

to:

“Chrissie Hynde’s comments just make me feel incredibly sad for the young woman she was, who even she can’t hear.”

and:

“Many people seem furious with Chrissie Hynde, and I get why, but I feel pity for her.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Shocking revelation from the Washington Post: The pope believes in the devil

Horrors!

Pope Francis doing something weird

Critics, however, say the pope may be flirting with superstition. Citing his frequent mention of the Devil and explicit backing of exorcisms, some say he risks undercutting his image as a 21st century moral leader in tune with the times.

“The danger is that popular devotion becomes all too important, that we seek to elevate ourselves by touching a body part or a cloth touched by a saint,” said Vito Mancuso, a theologian and author based in Bologna, Italy. “We would be moving backwards, almost to idolatry.”

***

Even among those who support the pope, his actions have raised red flags. Citing Francis’s affinity for popular devotion, the Catholic blogger and U.S.-based author Taylor Marshall, for instance, wrote that he feared what “sophisticated non-Catholics” might make of the pope’s actions.

Such a person, Marshall wrote, “shakes his head and thinks to himself, ‘This Pope doesn’t get [it]. This isn’t the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This is shanty town syncretism at best, or ignorant magic at worse.’ ”

Next from the WaPo: Pope participates in bizarre Catholic ritual called “Mass.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

DNC staffers so out of touch with the military that they mistake foreign vets for U.S. vets

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.54.17 PM

The photo: All vets look alike to Democrats

The hipsters who staff the DNC are apparently so out of touch with actual U.S. servicemen and servicewomen that they just picked out any old photo of old folks wearing uniforms and slapped it onto the site. According to Military Times, which broke the above story, the photo gaffe photo remained up for several weeks.

Finally, after someone over there read the Military Times story, the DNC swapped out the elderly Poles for a photo of Obama with some real U.S. veterans–from the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company.

***

“’We thank Military Times for bringing this to our attention and have now fixed the photograph on our website,’ DNC spokesman Eric Walker said in a statement.

“’Whether it’s passing a new GI Bill, tax credits for hiring veterans, or reducing homelessness among veterans, the Democratic Party’s commitment to our nation’s heroes is unwavering.’”

Uh-huh. But the ironic glasses-wearing DNC staffers still couldn’t get it right:

“It also boasts that Democrats have ‘worked to provide additional resources to the Veterans Administration’ — the former name of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and another language misstep frequently pointed out by veterans groups.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Great business plan, Ashley Madison! Turned out almost no women ever actually used the site

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

CEO Noel Biderman: Fake females almost all the way down
The female–or should I say the “female” users of the adultery-facilitating “dating” service get (or perhaps “got”–although if you want to be a sucker, you can still sign up) to use the site for for free, while men have to pay–which meant that Newitz couldn’t use the credit-card data that made the male users easily identifiable. Instead she dove into the e-mail and ISP addresses of the 5.5 million supposed females. There she discovered that the vast majority of those looked as bot-created as the Alfa Romeo that your sister bought after making $9,000 in a month working part-time on her computer at home. Others seemed to be easily traceable right back to Ashley Madison itself.
***

All this, of course, is infuriating to feminists, who insist that women’ sexual tastes are identical to men’s–or would be if only society weren’t so misogynistic. Here’s Gloria Margolis at The Week complaining (the day before Newitz’s piece appeared that the seixist media aren’t paying any attention to women’s lusty Ashley Madison desires:

“Is it really so hard to believe that perhaps some female signups also drooled lustfully at the prospect of covert extramarital sex? And that they were so blinded by the horn that they too entered indiscreet personal details? But journalists are scouring the hack list for famous men, like noted family values hypocrite Josh Duggar, and seem unconcerned with exposing Ashley Madison’s female customers.

“To stubbornly ignore the role of women who use the site gives an incomplete picture. Mentioning Ashley Madison’s female clients merely to dismiss them as an insignificant minority implies that it’s only really men who coldly seek affairs. We can’t accept that women can also be sexual predators — or, at least not women who are in their right mind. The media loves to paints females who assert their sexuality as ‘out of control’ or damaged.”

Well, now you’ve got your answer, Gloria.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

R

Am I the only one who thinks that “Freshman Daughter Drop Off” sign was actually hilarious?

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

This is supposed to be rapey-scary–especially the “Mom” part

I’m sorry, but I thought the “Freshman Daughter Drop Off” welcome banner hanging from the balcony at an alleged fraternity house near Virginia’s Old Dominion University was pretty darned funny.

And that other banner: “Go ahead and drop off mom too….” Ha ha!.

***

[A]according to the Huffington Post, humorous welcome banners of this nature are a fairly common phenomenon. Banners draped from a male-occupied house near Ohio State University read: “Daughter Daycare” and “Dads, We’ll Take It From Here.” Other signs recently posted near campuses around the country bore such messages as: “Honk if u’r dropping off your daughter” and “#MomsDrinkForFree.”
Posted by Charlotte Allen

Nanny state strikes again: Turning “personal trainer” into a heavily regulated profession

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

How to be a personal trainer: Be ripped

Right now, there’s just one qualification for becoming a personal trainer: Being a hunk.

Or better yet, being a hunky hunk:

“[N]o matter which Bachelor programming you’re enjoying (or being forced to endure alongside your significant other), there exists one recurring and somewhat societally verified job title guaranteed to show up, highlighted in gradient yellow across the bottom left corner of your screen: Personal Trainer. By our calculations, there have been a total of ten on The Bachelorette alone, and the last guy won—though let’s be honest, this was mostly a manifestation of the pull of this pullover.”

But all that may soon change for the masters of the inguinal crease. The District of Columbia is poised to create an official registry of personal trainers based on credentials that have yet to be specified but are certain to become a model for the rest of the country.

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and regulators gotta regulate. According to the Washington Post:

“The problem for personal trainers is that no standards currently exist. Instead, dozens of competing descriptions have been written by gym owners, for-profit training companies and self-proclaimed fitness experts. There are even competing organizations that certify competing tests.”

***

Behind this rush to make rules for the mentors of the sixpack-seekers is–you guessed it–that federal health cow to be milked, Obamacare:

“The credit — or blame — for the newfound urgency can be traced in part to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. A variety of workplace wellness programs and preventive health-care initiatives called for in the law could soon translate into rivers of billable hours for those with credentials to keep American waistlines in check.

“And that means the race is on to be eligible for those credentials, which could eventually lead to the ability to bill insurance companies for services, much like such professionals as dieticians and physical therapists. With billions of dollars potentially at stake, lawyers and lobbyists are engaged in a no-holds-barred fight to shape the nation’s first-ever rules over who has the right to tell someone else how to exercise.”

In other words, we the premium-payers–and also the taxpayers–may soon be helping to subsidize Hilary Duff’s clubbing dates with Jason Walsh.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 88 other followers