Pronouns. The problem is people just don't know how to use them.
Well, that's according to a student at Ithaca College who supports the brand new holiday that America didn't know it needed: "International Pronouns Day!"
It hasn't gone nationwide yet, because it was just invented, but if Ithaca College and the mayor of Ithaca, New York have anything to do with it, this will soon be a treasured national holiday.
If you judge this book by its cover, you might think Pronouns Day celebrates the joy of good grammar. You'd be totally wrong. Pronouns Day will celebrate the LGBTQ community and highlight "how insidious structural racism, misogyny and classism all interweaves together to cause oppression."
That's America's thing now. Used to be innovation. Now it's oppression.
Hate to spoil a good holiday, but the focus on oppression sounds a lot like the "Airing of Grievances," which, as any fan of Seinfeld will tell you, is part of another made up holiday called "Festivus."
The new holiday is the brainchild of Ithaca College's Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services, with the support of the Ithaca mayor's office. The International Pronouns Day website explains:
Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people's multiple, intersecting identities.
Luca Maurer, director of the Ithaca College LGBT Center says:
It's not just important. It's REQUIRED to call people by the pronouns they use to confer basic dignity and respect.
Oh, it's required now. Hope the holiday comes with a handy pronoun guide then, because with new genders invented every day, it's impossible for those of us stuck in the world of "he" and "she" to keep up.
International Pronouns Day makes its debut next Wednesday, October 17th. So, you know what this means… only five more shopping days left.