‘Ze, zir, zirs’: US State Department takes time to celebrate and educate on International Pronouns Day
The US State Department has left critics wondering about its priorities after its Twitter account took time to educate people on the use of preferred pronouns while marking International Pronouns Day.
“Today on International Pronouns Day, we share why many people list pronouns on their email and social media profiles,” the government agency’s Twitter account posted on Wednesday.
The tweet includes a link to a government web address with a report on “why” people list their preferred gender pronouns when introducing themselves, in person or remotely.
“Knowing and using someone’s pronouns,” the report states, “avoids accidentally assuming an incorrect gender based on a name or an appearance.”
It goes on to cite the State Department’s recent announcement that people will be able to choose their gender on passports, regardless of their documentation. The choices will also “eventually include an option for nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people.”
Via the Share America blog run by a branch of the department, pronouns such as ‘ze/zir/zirs’ were acknowledged.Also on rt.com US police hungry for discarded military gear now use climate change as pretext to get priority delivery – media
“Other pronouns include the feminine she/her/hers and the masculine he/him/his. Some people are pioneering gender-neutral pronouns such as ze/zir/zirs,” the report reads.
The State Department’s focus on educating people on gender pronouns had many on social media wondering what exactly the agency is trying to accomplish and why any of its time or resources would be spent on this.
“Americans that were left stranded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan will be pleased to know that the State Department is on top of the pronouns issue,” conservative strategist Arthur Schwartz tweeted in reaction.
A border crisis, mass shortages in labor/consumer goods, skyrocketing inflation, 13 dead service members in botched Afghanistan withdrawal, 10 innocent people (inc 7 kids) murdered in horrific drone strike executed to make us “appear strong”… but let’s talk about our pronouns! https://t.co/o2jMlFGtk3— Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) October 20, 2021
“Grandfather, tell me how America lost its superpower status”… https://t.co/D82rDgpuIn— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) October 20, 2021
China is testing hypersonic missiles. We're celebrating International Pronouns Day. https://t.co/P7hqUxt6T6— Congresswoman Tenney (@RepTenney) October 20, 2021
International Pronouns Day was founded to help end stigmas around “respecting, sharing, and educating” others on one’s personal pronouns, according to the event’s website.
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