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Old Yesterday, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default UM Student Is Now Referred To As "His Majesty"



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On Tuesday, top administrators at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor announced a new campus-wide policy that allows students to select their own “designated personal pronoun,” informing the campus community they are expected to adhere to those preferences.

“The University of Michigan is committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness. Consistent with this value, the University has created a process for students to designate pronouns with the University and have those pronouns reflected on class rosters this fall,” the university stated to students and professors in an email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.
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“If you make a mistake and use the wrong pronoun, you can acknowledge that you made a mistake, and use the correct pronoun next time.”

Students are not only allowed to choose from one of several pre-selected pronouns — they can also write in their own designated personal pronoun. “Designated pronouns will automatically populate on all class rosters accessed through Wolverine Access. Rosters pulled from other systems will not have designated pronouns listed,” the university states.

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With that, Grant Strobl, (pictured) a conservative student at the University of Michigan and chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom Board of Governors, decided to change his preferred pronoun to “His Majesty” — in an attempt to make the point that this policy has no basis in reality.

In an interview with The College Fix, Strobl said that “I have no problem with students asking to be identified a certain way, almost like someone named Richard who would like to be called Dick. It is respectful to make a reasonable effort to refer to students in the way that they prefer.”

However, he added that he does have a problem when the university institutionalizes the use of pronouns that are completely arbitrary and may possibly sanction people for referring to someone different than their preference.

Strobl continued, “So, I henceforth shall be referred to as: His Majesty, Grant Strobl. I encourage all U-M students to go onto Wolverine Access, and insert the identity of their dreams.”



TL;DR: Michigan is now letting students choose how they want to be referred and will sanction those who intentionally "mis-pronoun" someone. Student thinks it has no basis and chooses his pronoun to be "His Majesty."
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Curious if this will show up on his school records and other items he may have to show an employer as proof. Not that I think it changes things, but it'll be funny if he ever had to explain to anyone why he did that.
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Old Yesterday, 03:25 PM   #3
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Curious if this will show up on his school records and other items he may have to show an employer as proof. Not that I think it changes things, but it'll be funny if he ever had to explain to anyone why he did that.
I think it's a hilarious story to tell in an interview. Presuming the person you're telling it to isn't someone that would get offended for some magical reason. Good on him, that's fantastic though.

Feels like we're going backwards as a society in some ways the last few years.
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Default Re: UM Student Is Now Referred To As "His Majesty"

I don't care about his political issue but why not have fun with it? If I was at Ann Arbor I would just be wishing I had thought of it first.
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