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 identity 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.
These people are locked in a war with reality, so watch your back.
In the first weeks of classes, instead of calling roll, ask everyone to provide their name and pronouns. This ensures you are not singling out transgender or non-binary students. The name a student uses may not be the one on the official roster, and the roster name may not be the same gender as the one the student now uses.
If that name/gender does not match your roster, ask for ID. This person may be an impostor.
This practice works outside of the classroom as well. You can start meetings with requesting introductions that include names and pronouns, introduce yourself with your name and chosen pronouns, or when providing nametags, ask attendees to write in their name and pronouns.
Don’t sweat the extra time this takes. Since this shows utter contempt for the value of their time and unseriousness about the subject matter, they’ll likely be content to watch porn on their tablets or grab some shuteye.
… We are familiar with the singular pronouns she, her, hers and he, him, his, but those are not the only singular pronouns. In fact, there are dozens of gender-neutral pronouns. A few of the most common singular gender-neutral pronouns are they, them, their (used as singular), ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.
Now you’re just makin’ sh*t up.
[looks around for hidden prank-recording camera]
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.
But we weren’t, so they are funny.
Can I, uh, see your teaching credentials, please?
How do you know what pronoun someone uses? If you cannot use the methods mentioned above, you can always politely ask. “Oh, nice to meet you, [insert name]. What pronouns should I use?” [more silliness]
Call me … sirrr.
The university published the instructions on its website on Wednesday after they were emailed to every member of the university by the institution’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity.
[words of puzzled disagreement, questioning of sanity, gestures of contempt, throwing of vegetables]
Officials have since insisted the the guidelines are not compulsory and that they do not want to ‘dictate speech’. [story]
It’s amazing (but seldom surprising) how bureaucrats react when their wonderful ivory-tower, calm-office, academiac©, pseudo-enlightened ideas come out in the fresh air and sunshine for all real-worlders to see. Bureaucrats don’t liiike to be mocked. Most react by retracting, denying, re-defining, muddying, or deflecting their action in an attempt to avoid ultimate responsibility (i.e. admitting ordinariness).
However, some write it off as the stupidity or unworthiness of the peasantry or as a betrayal, and these guys go to the dark side.