“No, You Can’t Have My Pronouns!”

Asking for gender pronouns isn’t always progressive

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

In September 2018, Rachel Levin published an op-ed at the online news site Inside HigherEd about the vogue for asking students’ “personal pronouns” as part of first-day activities in college courses.

Such practices have been encouraged in recent years as a way for instructors to signal support…



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M. J. Murphy

M. J. Murphy


Assoc. Professor, Gender & Sexuality Studies, U. Illinois Springfield