Oxford University is encouraging students to use the gender-neutral pronoun ‘ze’ instead of ‘she and ‘he’.
The students’ union wrote in a leaflet that the move was intended to reduce the risk of transgender students being offended.
Students hope that the use of ‘ze’ will continue into university lectures and seminars, reported The Sunday Times.
According to Oxford University’s behaviour code, using the wrong pronoun to define a transgender person is an offence.
It’s a troubling development. An LGBT spokesman told MailOnline that, “this issue isn’t about being politically correct or censoring anyone. It’s about acknowledging the fact of changing gender identities and respecting people’s right to not define themselves as male or female.”
I respect one’s right to not define themselves as male or female; that means nothing to me and asks nothing of me. But that’s not the situation. They are telling students what they must say. This is a problem.
If telling people that they cannot say certain words is an intrusive act, selecting words they must use is doubly so…