Over the last several years, we have seen the migration of progressive culture from the halls of college campuses to the mainstream. The creation and recognition of ‘International Pronouns Day’ is a perfect example.
If you haven’t heard of International Pronouns Day, you’re not alone. It’s new, having been first recognized just last year. It occurred again yesterday and is already being treated by many as completely mainstream.
This concept grew directly out of the recent embrace of transgenderism in higher education, where the special day for pronouns is being heavily advanced and celebrated.
This article is from the University of Washington school newspaper:
New pronoun option coming for students; celebrate International Pronouns Day Oct. 16
Starting this academic year, the University of Washington is implementing an option allowing students and other members of the UW community to express what pronouns they go by in their everyday lives.
The UW Office of the Registrar plans to integrate pronoun use into class rosters as early as winter quarter if resources and schedule allow.
“Providing instructors with their students’ self-identified pronouns is our highest priority so that faculty don’t have to assume them based on name or appearance,” said Helen Garrett, UW Registrar.
This is no longer limited to college campuses, however. It has infiltrated politics at a national level. Marina Patrofsky reports at The Hill:
2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro was the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to mark International Pronouns Day Wednesday.
“Using someone’s correct pronouns—and giving your own—isn’t difficult. I’m Julián Castro, he/him/él,” Castro tweeted.
“It takes one extra breath to help people feel seen and respected. I think that’s worth it. #PronounsDay” he continued.
See Castro’s tweet below:
Using someone’s correct pronouns—and giving your own—isn’t difficult.
I’m Julián Castro, he/him/él.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 16, 2019
Elizabeth Warren is also talking about it:
Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that starts with using correct pronouns.
I'm Elizabeth. My pronouns are she/her/hers. And I'll keep fighting to build an America where everyone feels seen and respected. #PronounsDay
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 16, 2019
You may recall that CNN’s Chris Cuomo recently got himself into trouble for not taking this concept seriously enough. CNN takes it very seriously, as you can see below:
Why it matters what pronouns you use to refer to people and what to do if you slip up
If you feel like you’ve been hearing about pronouns a lot lately, you’re on to something.
Sam Smith took to Instagram in September to announce that their pronouns are they/them. Merriam-Webster announced a few days later that “they” can also be used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is non-binary, meaning neither male or female. And recently, Sen. Kamala Harris introduced herself at a CNN LGBTQ Town Hall by stating that her pronouns are “she, her and hers.”
Maybe all this is new to you. Maybe you’re a little confused. Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while, but you know a friend, coworker or family member who could use some help. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered.
Finally, here’s CBS News devoting over five minutes to reporting on this.