Students at Oxford university have been instructed to make the move to gender neutral pronouns such as ‘ze’ to reduce discrimination.


A leaflet which was distributed by the student union office at the university said that they hoped to prevent transgender students being offended by the use of incorrect pronouns.The Sunday Times reported the use will be implemented in lectures, seminars and hopefully outside of university.Peter Thatchell, an LGBT activist, said: “It is a positive thing to not always emphasise gender divisions and barriers.“It is good to have gender-neutral pronouns for those who want them but it shouldn’t be compulsory.“This issue isn’t about being politically correct or censoring anyone. It’s about acknowledging the fact of changing gender identities and respecting people’s right to not define themselves as male or female.“Giving people the “ze” option is a thoughtful, considerate move.”It isn’t the first time a university has enforced a rule on pronouns.The University of Tennessee is encouraging tutors to ask students which pronouns they want to be referred to using.Gender neutral pronouns, such as “xe” and “ze” are being encouraged at Tennessee, and tutors are encouraged not to assume that gender-binary pronouns, such as “he” and “she” are correct.


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