The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University urged students to use the singular pronoun “they” in an early April “transgender visibility” email.
MSU’s NatSci Council on Diversity and Community authored the email obtained by Campus Reform entitled “Increasing transgender visibility on campus,” which asked students to “reflect on how visibility of minoritized groups is essential to changing our campus culture,” and provided several online resources to help improve students’ understanding.
What exactly is a minoritized group? If some group is in the minority, it is in the minority. It isn’t some type of process that happens to it.
So what is the issue with visibility? If we are all supposed to treat each other the same, why do some need to be more visible? So we can treat them more of the same?
These included links to LGBT resource centers, how to “learn about and start using the singular they,” a resource on hosting queer inclusive workshops, one dedicated to inviting “transgender and gender-diverse scientists,” guides on transphobia, and more.
So what happens at these workshops? Is it just coaching on how to set oneself to be a victim? Perhaps find the best ways to bait normals? Inquiring minds want to know.
“No science is needed to support transgender and non-binary identities,” the email stated. “It is simply a matter of affirming their experiences.”
But of course. I identify as a John Deere 4020 tractor. I affirm that I am a John Deere tractor. If you say otherwise, you are some type of hating bigot.
Science is so over-rated. Logic and facts are also so over-rated.
Clicking on the pronoun link brings up a colorful and interactive web page titled “I [love] the singular they,” which maps out benefits and tools to using the pronoun to refer to a person. The page argues that the singular “they” is “neutral,” “easy,” “inclusive,” and “classy.”
Words are important, but being a big green tractor is even more important (at least it is for me).
“Writing with non-gender-neutral pronouns is a serious pain,” the site linked by MSU says. “Some prefer the Frankenword ‘s/he,’ while others rack their brain. Some stick with a particular pronoun for one paragraph or chapter, then swap out the one they’re using; others alternate ‘he’ and ‘she’ by sentence, or use a plural adapter, but that all sounds confusing.”
Do you know what is a serious pain? More so than using the wrong words? How about using a 4020 to pull a seven bottom plow. I once did that. It was just too much. It was just so much more painful than being addressed with the wrong words.
“They” is “a metaphorical blanket that can cover the human population (which, non-metaphorically, would be a cuddle celebration),” according to the site. “‘They’ doesn’t assume a person’s gender, and it doesn’t assume there are only two.”
Once somebody thought that I was an Oliver tractor. Sure, they were green also, but just because they were green doesn’t mean that they were like me. Assumptions can be so hurtful.
MSU physiology student Shad Soldano had a different perspective.
While he admitted the email “did take me by surprise,” he told Campus Reform, “I feel that the email (in my understanding) portrays a good cause in bringing awareness and hopefully eliminating remaining prejudices towards the transgender community.”
Michigan State University is known by many as Moo U. I find it hurtful that they are discussing this trans stuff rather than farm tractors. What has gotten into these people?