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Ze and me, STEM silliness, Commies, Bannon and straw banning

Written By | Jul 27, 2018
ze and me, straw bans

Let’s take away her plastic straw! (Public domain image via Pixabay, CC 0.0 license)

WASHINGTON. Our latest random dragnet for politically correct, virtue-signaling and outrageously hard left reporting came up with some real gems. Today’s topics include new pronouns you MUST learn, like ze; STEM diversity; the end of plastic straws; and the continuing, extravagant overuse of the F-word in all parts of speech.

Let’s go!

Ze and the and a veritable pantheon of “gender neutral” fake pronouns

From PowerLine, we learn that the Gender Neutral Pronoun Thought Police are still alive and well, safely ensconced in their safe places in taxpayer funded onetime universities.

The University of Minnesota has published in draft form a new “gender identity” policy. The Star Tribune headlines: “He, she or Ze? Pronouns could pose trouble under University of Minnesota campus policy.”




Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.

The U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men and women, as well as others, the right to use whatever pronoun they wish on campus — whether it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.

Gender nazis love to get people fired.

So, Deplorables, how’s ze doing, eh?

A handy gender-neutral chart: Choose who you wanna be

Below for ze or yo is a laughable list of the most recent “gender neutral” third-person pronouns as it appears in the latest Wikipedia entry on the topic.

ze and me, what's the use?

Gender neutral pronoun nonsense. Chart via Wikipedia.

Comment: Hou do you like that? And whatever happened to “hir”?

Many a time in this column, we’ve lacerated our feckless Congress for its inability to really deal with national problems like immigration, international hacking of our systems, etc.

But it’s also clear that at least in the matter of policing our publicly funded universities – and holding the small army of academic hacks responsible teaching useful subject matter – our state legislators and college boards of directors are deep into the dereliction of duty thing as well.

This same highly fake third-person pronoun problem continues to pop up on college campuses across the country like a tribe of nasty, unsocialized prairie dogs. In turn, this ceaseless prairie-dogging tells us that the clowns promoting this nonsense have no adult supervision whatever. Unlike the rest of us located outside the hallowed walls of academe. That’s why they tend to run wild with fatuous crap like ze. And ze is not for you and me.



Yeah, it’s time to start sacking the overpaid clowns promoting idiocy like this “mandatory” use of “gender neutral” pronouns. Save for a slim, radical minority of the professional easily offended, this epidemic of useless pronoun invention is just another stealth Gestapo tactic to get the Deplorable masses under control. Normal people are done with ze.

This writer, for one, will never knuckle under to such stupid, useless and corrosive effluvia. No matter how much E, Xe, Sie or Yo is or are screaming. A normal person’s reaction to anyone pushing this kind of sick, corrosive harassment should be:

STFU!

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STEM cells, STEM curriculum, STEM jobs and other Feminism 3.0 balderdash

Ah, that endlessly satisfying (for leftists, liberals and 3.0 feminazis) meme-laden crusade generated to force women into STEM degrees and/or careers that most of them still don’t want. Like ze and gender-neutral or transgender pronouns, this evergreen topic surfaces once again in the wonderful Feminist utopia of Never-Ever Land. Instapundit’s Helen Smith informs us that

Barbara Oakley, author of the forthcoming book, Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens, has an op-ed in the WSJentitled “Why Do Women Shun STEM? It’s Complicated.”

Oakley’s final paragraph sums it up:

“I have experienced bias in my career, but I also would not be where I am today without the strong support of many wonderful men. Women are vitally important to STEM. Professors outside these disciplines should stop mischaracterizing to poach the best students, who are often women. And it’s time for everyone to step back, take a breath, and acknowledge that good and bad bosses and co-workers exist everywhere.”

Babs in STEM Dream Land

Comment: Actually, Babs, it’s time to lay off the endless preaching about women in STEM. Feminism 3.0 has already succeeded in marginalizing young males – particularly of the Caucasian persuasion – who dare to enter increasingly America’s highly hazardous university precincts these days. That’s proven by the gradual decline in male enrollment numbers in America’s university systems, which is reported to be significantly below 50 percent currently.

In point of fact, young women have the run of the university environment these days. They are free to enroll in or do anything they damn well please, unlike young men. Feminist crusaders need to lay off the “diversity” and curricular preaching when it comes to STEM courses, degrees and jobs. They remain open to young women who choose to take this path. Nobody’s stopping them.

But if some male student or faculty member badmouths them in the STEM environment, a simple complaint lodged with a leftist dean assures that the offending male professor or student gets swiftly and efficiently sent to kangaroo court for public shaming before he’s fired, excommunicated, exiled, and finally ruined for life.

It is an inconvenient truth that a significant majority of young women simply aren’t interested in STEM for whatever reason. Maybe they just don’t like it. But it’s their damn business, not yours. So lay off, already, Babs & Co. The only gender problem with STEM is that people like you continue to obsess on an issue young women routinely settle for themselves without need of your gratuitous intervention.

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Virtue-signaling straw ban sucks for the disabled

Seems like it’s about time to move from the no longer hallowed precincts of America’s corrupted universities to America’s favorite place to buy burnt, overpriced coffee. PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil regales us with the latest edition of virtue-signaling, Starbucks-style.

On Monday, Starbucks joined a growing list of companies in pledging to phase out the use of plastic straws (by 2020). Many other companies — and even cities like Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, B.C. — have banned plastic straws, widely seen as a fairly easy way to minimize harm to the environment. These bans will make life harder for the disabled, however.

Many disabled people with diseases like muscular dystrophy find it increasingly difficult to lift cups to their mouths. Plastic straws enable them to drink without what would be a herculean effort. There may not be a fitting substitute.

Daniel Gilbert, a 25-year-old in Kentucky who was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, keeps plastic straws with him because not all of them are the same. He once left his straws at home while he was at a bar with his friends, and the bar only had plastic stirrers.

“I had to manage, but it took a lot of effort,” Gilbert told CNN. “It was really exhausting.”

Comment: Yeah, Gilbert. But Starbucks & Friends don’t care. It’s all about the virtue-signaling. This feels just like the diversity-training exercise Starbucks forced on their employees nationwide a couple of months ago. That’s when the now-notorious fake-discrimination brouhaha occurred in a Philadelphia Starbucks store.

The moral to this straw dog tale

Gilbert, just remember. Both you and your condition don’t matter if you get in the way of left-liberal virtue-signaling efforts. Above all, the nimbus that Starbucks’ front office occupants get to wear for banning plastic straws is all that matters.

BTW, that plastic pollution problem in the Pacific Ocean? A recent study shows that it all comes from East Asian countries, not here. In the end, that’s what we get for behaving ourselves and recycling a majority of plastic waste in this country. Consequently, we get to lose another convenience option. It’s all so the rich guys running Starbucks can feel better about themselves.

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Bannon gives the Stalinists a bit of their own verbiage back. Enter the No Ze Zone

Speaking of left-wing Stalinists, Steve Bannon (remember him?) just ran into one by foolishly agreeing to an interview session with the perp. Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit sets up a video with the headline:

Steve Bannon to Liberal UK Host: F**k You. Don’t You F**king say You’re Calling Me Out. You F**king Liberal Elite.

According to Hoff,

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon went on with liberal LBC radio host Theo Usherwood this weekend.

Here’s the video clip.

Says Hoff:

The liberals in the UK are more upset with Tommy Robinson than they are the Muslim rape gangs.

Comment: Yeah. But I wonder what ze or hir think about this.

So let’s wrap this column up for today. Fresh outrages are always on the way, and we’ll highlight the ones that torque us off the most.

Feel free to send in your suggestions for future fulminations. Just drop them, and your point of view, into the Comments section that you’ll actually find if you scroll somewhat energetically below.

Meanwhile, here’s hoping ze, hir and thee have a nice weekend.

 

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17