The publicly-funded University of Alaska, Anchorage is kicking off the new academic year by offering students a radical LGBTQ activist class called, “Why Pronouns Matter.”
The course is part of an international effort by hard-left organizations to dismantle and reject the traditional understanding that there are only two sexes. Instead, these groups push the notion that human sexuality (or “gender”) is a personal and a fluid social experience that transcends the male/female binary.
Those who push for vast and ever-growing array of LGBTQ pronouns claim that using only terms like he/she, or him/her creates an “unsafe” environment for gender-confused people who want others to actively affirm their novel and often fluid sexual identities.
“Do you want to bolster your efforts to create safe and inclusive spaces for under-represented students? Join our new course in the spring!” a description of the one-credit class at UAA states.
Changing the English language with regard to personal pronoun usage is only the starting point of the UAA class. Ultimately, the course aims to prepare students to become identity politics activists who will go on to advance so-called “collective liberation” of certain groups which claim to suffer from various forms of victimhood.
“[T]he focus of the curriculum will be on exploring and deepening our understandings of why respectful language matters, which will indeed include discussions of pronoun use, but that is the mere surface level of where we endeavor to go,” a flyer for the class notes. “Through this focal point on identity exploration, we’ll come to better understand our own positionality in the cycle of oppression, and come away with tangible ways we all can be more present in the cultivation of collective liberation.”
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The class is scheduled to meet once per week, on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., and is open to all students, staff and faculty.
LGBTQ activists Zoe Dohring and Dr. Sara Caldwell-Kan are listed as the course instructors. Dohring, who goes by the personal pronouns “they/them,” works as the campus Student Activities Civic Engagement & Inclusion Coordinator. Caldwell-Kan is the university’s Director of Multicultural Student Services and the (LGBTQ) Pride Center.