Saying "he" is an act of violence

Saying "he" is an act of violence
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Are you a violent person?

You are if you “misgender” somebody.

The University of Colorado at Boulder wants to be sure you understand your responsibilities, so they have a handy page explaining to their students and faculty how, exactly, one is supposed to refer to people not just to their face, but in the third person.

Now I am all for being polite to people and would love it if the alphabet people had a modicum of respect for others, given how much they demand it for themselves. I can’t recall being in the position of having to use somebody’s “preferred pronoun” in a conversation while they were there, so I can’t say for sure how insistent I would be to use the correct pronoun to refer to somebody in the room.

Generally, the pronoun one uses when speaking to a person is the gender-neutral “you,” so in almost all cases the situation shouldn’t come up in conversation with a “transgender” person and never has for me. I have no hostility to people who suffer from the delusion that they are actually members of the opposite sex, so if I were in the position of speaking with somebody who is suffering from or thinks they suffer from gender dysphoria, I have no desire to pick a fight about it. I’ll call them whatever they want, just as I don’t yell at a child that they aren’t actually Superman.

With that said, it’s stupid to claim that misgendering people is violence. Violence is what the transgender protesters regularly do to people who politely disagree with them. They hit people, throw things at them, pour food on them, and yell in their ears. They beat Riley Gaines and held her hostage.

That is violence. Not using the pronoun “he.” At worst that is rude, and arguably not that. It is, after all, pretty ingrained to refer to a dude as “he.” Transgender people are making a demand for accommodation, and one need not provide it automatically.

That is not how the University of Colorado sees it.

Pronouns are how you refer to someone if you are not using their name. For example; “Samantha left her keys at my place last night.”

If someone tells you their pronouns, use those! If you don’t know someone’s pronouns, don’t assume gendered pronouns and use gender-neutral ones, like they or ze.

The importance of pronouns

Pronouns are one of the ways we portray our identities. When someone asks you to use their pronouns, they are asking for you to respect their identity.

When someone refers to another person using the wrong pronouns, especially on purpose, that can lead to that person feeling disrespected and can lead to dysphoria, exclusion and alienation.

It is never safe to assume someone’s gender and living a life where people will naturally assume the correct pronouns for you is a privilege that not everyone experiences. Choosing to ignore or disrespect someone’s pronouns is not only an act of oppression but can also be considered an act of violence.

It is bizarre to argue that suddenly the rules of society have shifted and that we must learn an ever-changing variety of invented words to satisfy the delusions of unhinged people. Even the University of Colorado admits that the number of potential pronouns is too large for them to list, so it helpfully suggests checking Google to find the latest “nonviolent” words.

Worse than the demands being made upon us, which themselves are oppressive and ridiculous, are the actions that the offended are encouraged to take if they have been subject to the violent action of being referred to as “he.”

As we know, misgendering people is now an act of genocide, and now transgender people have acquired the right of self-defense to protect their chosen and fluid identity. They may literally assault you and regularly do, for saying the wrong words. Browse the web and you will find an ever-proliferating list of pronouns and even people who change their pronouns several times a day depending upon their current whim.

All of this is about setting up minefields for people. It is, in fact, aggressive. You face sanctions for failing to comply–saying “he” is violent hate speech after all–and transgender people can and do trap others in order to disrupt their lives. There are no consequences for the trans-aggressors. Those folks who hit Riley Gaines and held her hostage were congratulated by the Administration at San Francisco State.

Gaines, who was physically assaulted, caused “trauma” for the students who were forced to hit her according to the SFSU president.

The claim that misgendering is “violent” is obviously absurd, but also very dangerous. “Violent,” “genocide,” and similar apocalyptic terms are the excuses that trans activists use to justify their own, actual violence. And that violence is getting very common indeed.

Not just common, but encouraged by the insane people who egg on the activists. The activists at least have the excuse of being obviously mentally ill. The university officials and others who egg them on are consciously trying to create a social crisis. Watch the action of the activists and you quickly get the sense that they need a spell in a straightjacket and some Thorazine. They need serious help.

The people behind the activism? Those who are pushing this agenda?

They need to be fired and prosecuted.

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