Workers at University of Kansas libraries have begun handing out pin-on buttons that allow students to announce their preferred personal pronouns to the world. The move, which is part of the KU library system's "You Belong Here" campaign, has been celebrated by progressive campus groups as a way to ensure students, faculty, and staff of all gender identities feel welcome on campus.
In a recently-released statement, the library system proclaimed that "misgendering someone can have lasting consequences, and using the incorrect pronoun can be hurtful, disrespectful, and invalidate someone's identity." Pat Gray and Jeff Fisher struggle to imagine what these "lasting consequences" might be.
"If I call you 'him,' and you really want to be identified as 'her,' what lasting consequence does that have?" Pat wonders. "Do you think you could somehow — I mean, if I used the wrong pronoun — somehow muscle up and get through the day?"
Pat worries about our nation's future: "This is ridiculous. It's so stupid. It's so asinine. How do we survive this madness?"