Recently, the U.S. Department of State has encountered enormous backlash online after it decided to wade into the pronoun wars debate. Specifically, the State Department opted to celebrate the alleged diversity of personal pronouns on its official Twitter account.
An array of new pronouns has emerged in the era of purported tolerance, including the apparently neutral “ze,” “zir,” and “zirs,” which the State Department shared on its “Share America” blog.
According to the blog post, these words are “gender-neutral,” and they are oftentimes used by individuals who identify themselves as “non-binary.” In addition, these pronouns may also be purportedly used by individuals who apparently do not wish to disclose their gender.
The State Department also acknowledged other common pronouns, including “she” and “he,” though it also added that other individuals “are pioneering gender-neutral pronouns such as ze/zir/zirs.”
Moreover, the State Department also uses Big Tech companies as justification for its fixation on pronouns, effectively arguing that the focus on appropriate pronouns is an important debate in the United States.
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 20, 2021
“[Numerous] Americans are including their pronouns on social media profiles,” the State Department brayed, adding that pronouns may also appear in Americans’ e-mail signatures, as well as in public meetings where people introduce themselves.
The State Department also insists that its fixation on pronouns can be traced back to Biden’s executive order regarding discrimination, specifically “discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
The role that pronouns play in preventing discrimination remains unclear.
Aside from its promotion of “ze” and “zir,” the State Department is also pleased with its latest revisions to American passports, notably the addition of “Mx.”, which is an alleged alternative to “Ms.” or “Mr.”
American citizens now have the option to choose whichever gender they want on their passports, regardless of their gender identification on other documents.
According to the State Department, American passports will also include “an option for nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people” in the future.