In today’s increasingly relativistic society, the search for moral constants is quickly becoming a fruitless quest. This reality is blindingly obvious when one looks at the absurd yet widespread suggestion that an individual’s biological anatomy has no bearing on his or her gender identity.
It’s always struck me as ironic that Rachel Dolezal, who was catapulted to infamy in 2015 when she claimed to identify as African-American despite being born of two Caucasian parents, was (rightly) rebuked for identifying as transracial because — among other things — making such a claim is not only ridiculous but offensive to legitimate racial minorities. At the same time, though, a man can freely claim to be female, and he’s not only accepted but celebrated.
That nonsensical dichotomy, however, will have to remain unexplained — at least for now — because the latest battle is over pronouns, and it’s happening on a college campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
American academic institutions have, over the years, served as a good indicator for where our culture is heading, and the trend is alarming.
Just last week, the University of Minnesota announced it is considering a new gender identity policy that would endow students with the right to employ on campus whatever personal pronouns they wish, be it “he,” “she,” “ze,” or otherwise.
And everyone, from faculty members to students, would be required to comply with the policy in order to avoid disciplinary action, which could include firing or expulsion, according to the Star Tribune.
But that’s not the most alarming portion of the school’s policy proposal.
The rules would also give students carte blanche to use whatever facilities and participate in whatever activities correlate with their chosen gender identity:
Individuals may access gender-specific facilities that correspond with their gender identities and may participate in university activities and programs consistent with their gender identities including, but not limited to, housing, restrooms, locker rooms, recreation services and activities, and camp programs.
The policy goes on to stipulate that students “will not be required” to use any gender-specific facilities “inconsistent” with their personal gender identity “because their sex assigned at birth or sex listed on legal documents differs from their gender identity or gender expression.”
Gabrielle Mead, assistant director of the school’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office, told the Star Tribune that, while the directive is not yet official, it has been crafted to foster “an inclusive environment for all of our community members regardless of their gender identity.”
Some students, though, are already taking issue with the proposal. Sophomore Michael Geiger said it’s “a bridge to far to cross for a person to tell me I have to say something … and if I don’t, I can be punished.”
“There’s a difference between creating a healthy environment and trying to legislate insensitivity out of the [university],” he added.