The “Jennerization” of Language: Say Goodbye to He and She

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The tower of Babel in the “Confusion of Tongues” by Gustave Dore

by Ben Broussard*

The “Jennerization” of America continues apace. The major battlegrounds now are the country’s schools. This time language itself has become the target.

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As published in the Daily Mail, students and staff at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville received a memo advising them to avoid referring to anyone’s gender. The announcement came complete with a chart indicating new parts of speech.

Donna Braquet, head of the university’s Pride Center, wrote the new guidelines. Along with this latest mandate, she also advises staff not to call roll in class. The alternative is now to greet every student and ask the desired name and pronoun of preference. Braquet is quoted as saying the campus will become “more inclusive” if everyone follows her instructions.


This latest move comes a short time after the University of Vermont officially recognized “neutral” as a third gender. According to The New York Times, all official campus forms and correspondence have been updated to comply with the new policy. The university has gone so far as to allow students to choose their own identity, including a new first name whether or not actually legally changed.

But universities are not the only places where everyday speech has become the target. To cite one example of many, NebraskaWatchdog.org reported last fall new regulations for teachers and staff of Lincoln Public Schools. Under the new rules, phrases such as “boys and girls,” “ladies and gentlemen,” and “you guys” should be avoided. In place of these, addressing students as readers, campers, athletes or purple penguins would better lead to a classroom which is more “gender-inclusive.” The bizarre mandate came with the cheery title “12 Easy Steps on the Way to Gender Inclusiveness.”

Subversion of Speech
It would be very easy to argue that this is simply making a mountain out of a molehill. New guidelines such as these will be mocked, and very few people will follow them. After all, what does it matter whether we refer to someone as he, she, they, xe, xyr, zir or it? Why should a teacher care if they are forced to switch “boys and girls” with purple penguins?

As a proper response, we need look no further than the testimony of those promoting this radical agenda. Recently officials in Washington state rewrote 40,000 state laws to include gender-neutral terminology. Activists were effusive in their praise for the effort. “Words matter,” said Liz Watson, a National Women’s Law Center senior adviser. “This is important in changing hearts and minds.”

The concept of changing the language in order to change the culture is nothing new. Nearly a century ago, Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci famously wrote: “When one controls the way in which language is used, it can serve to influence how people think about any number of topics, based on what is socially permissible to say or not say.”[1]

On a Dangerous Path
All Americans, male and female (contrary to liberal fantasies, no other genders exist) should fight against this onslaught of what is more accurately called “intrusive language.” Forcing the acceptance of perversion via the manipulation of language, especially among those most vulnerable, is morally reprehensible.

Critics rightly consider these efforts Orwellian. In a famous essay published in 1946 titled “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell wrote, “If thoughts corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought.”

From corrupting thoughts to corrupting reality, American society is being transformed into something that would be totally unrecognizable to our ancestors. Mutilated and androgynized in both word and deed, how long before the “Jennerization” of America leads us to self-identify our society out of existence?

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  • Great point and nice article

  • Relevant RaFael RathSkellar

    These LIBS/PC/PROGRESSIVES are NUTS !!!!!!!!

  • When are conservative Americans going to ever be able to say “NO! We will NOT subscribe to this idiocy!”

    All we have to do, really, is NOT do this. There is no reason for us to submit to this level of stupidity.

    If we get “scolded” by the ‘Dear Leaders’ of Libtardia Central, we should merely ignore them or, better yet, give back tit-for-tat when their rabid intolerance runs a
    muck.

    We must stop being cowed by these destroyers of our country, heritage, history, and Constitution!

    • SFLBIB

      One student posted that his college essay was actually marked down because he used “he” when “he or she” was called for under the new rules. The professor’s comment was something like, “Do you mean women can’t perform the same activities?” In such a case, who was the greater sexist?

  • Ana

    I recently read an article on the after effects of Katrina on New Orleans. New Orleans is better now than it was before. It also turned out to be a lot better for the people who had to leave, since they were no longer trapped in a miserable environment surrounded by bad elements. In other words in order to be saved New Orleans had to be destroyed. I now feel that we are coming to the point throughout the world were something catastrophic has to occur for the world to get right again.

  • Marino

    Purple penguins?! The tyranny of the minority exists because the majority is too dumbfounded to react quickly. I am still in shock at the dumbing down of my grandchildren by a school system that refuses to teach them to read and write cursive!

  • Wayne Vedeckis

    I find it ironic (hypocritical?) that one of the proponents
    is Liz Watson, “a National Women’s Law Center senior advisor”. I guess they need to
    change the name of her organization, because women don’t exist anymore. And the “women’s rights movement” is going to suffer big time – which is also ironic.

    • SFLBIB

      If they had to change the name to something more gender neutral, the Center might have to serve men as well. I wonder how they would feel if they were forced to serve clients against their firmly held beliefs.

  • SFLBIB

    Why don’t they attack the Romance languages? They are the great violators of gender. Wouldn’t you love to see them attack Spanish? I never could see what gender brought to a language. Who cares if “spoon” is masculine, feminine, or neuter? To see the absurdity of it all and how this push is a step backwards in language development, do a search on “The awful German language” by Mark Twain.

    When a German gets his hands on an adjective, he declines it, and keeps on declining it until the common sense is all declined out of it. It is as bad as Latin.

    I translate this from a conversation in one of the best of the German Sunday-school books:

    “Gretchen: Wilhelm, where is the turnip?

    Wilhelm: She has gone to the kitchen.

    Gretchen: Where is the accomplished and beautiful English maiden?

    Wilhelm: It has gone to the opera.”

    You can see what we’re in for because liberals are forever busy.