An art professor’s rant against requests to address students by preferred pronouns has gone viral on Twitter.
The Wednesday video posted to Twitter has drawn more than 200,000 views since it was published. The unidentified woman noted that the English language is owned by everyone, so people who want the majority to change the language at their whim are narcissists.
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“Change everyday common speech, are you kidding me, okay? People shouldn’t be putting up with this for one second. What kind of nonsense is this? Absolute nonsense, okay!” she began, gesturing with her hands animatedly as she spoke.
“These people who are searching for their own identity, okay, and want to impose on others, that is not my philosophy as a libertarian, that is an invasion, an intrusion, into other people’s personal rights,” she continued.
She went on to note that common language was really owned by all of the people — meaning that no one person should have the right to dictate how others chose to express themselves.
“The English language is owned by everyone, okay, it was created by great artists — Chaucer, and Shakespeare, and Wordsworth, and Joyce, and so on — how dare you sniveling little … maniac, tell us how we’re going to use pronouns?” she asked. “Go take a hike!”
While some people ask that certain pronouns be used because they identify as transgender or nonbinary and would like their gendered pronouns to reflect their gender identity, some have taken things a bit further and adopt common nouns as their personal pronouns.
One TikTok user, for example, recently announced the adoption of new pronouns “bee” and “fairy,” and asked that people use them exactly as they would use “they/them” pronouns.
“So if you’re saying ‘that’s their coat,’ you’d say ‘that’s Bee’s coat.’ Or instead of saying ‘they love themself,’ you would say ‘bee loves beeself.’” The video continued, noting that the “pronoun” fairy would be used in exactly the same fashion.
“Fairy is also used in the same way as they/them, so instead of saying ‘that’s their coat, you would say ‘that’s fairy’s coat.’ Again, instead of saying ‘they love themself,’ you would say ‘fair loves fairyself.’”
Some people who describe themselves as “nonbinary” are pushing the use of pronouns “xe,” “ze,” “sie” and “co,” which they hope to become as ubiquitous as “he/him” and “they/them.” So, how far is society prepared to go to humor people wanting to force others to bow to their whims? Given the pushback against transgender and nonbinary pronoun police, it may not be very far, very long.
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