(LifeSiteNews) — I regret to inform you that CNN is at it again.
As trust in the press continues to plummet, the mainstream media seems determined to highlight why by publishing articles such as this handy guide on August 12: “A guide to neopronouns, from ae to ze.”
As the title indicates, this is not a news story so much as another example of a media corporation carrying water for the LGBT movement. The purpose of this article is to mainstream the idea of recently invented pronouns; to backfill trans activist claims; and to persuade readers that opposing the LGBT agenda is unreasonable and ahistorical. Much of the article is simply regurgitated Human Rights Campaign talking points, cut-and-pasted from its website.
“Neopronouns,” according to CNN, are “new pronouns” that include “gender-neutral or nonbinary pronouns that are distinct from the common she, he and they. Neopronouns include terms like ‘xe’ and ‘em,’ and some of them even date back several centuries when they were introduced by writers as a solution for referring to subjects without assuming gender. Now, they’re also commonly used by nonbinary and trans people.”
“Commonly used” is doing a lot of heavy lifting in that sentence — most people have never heard of these pronouns; would not know how to use them in conversation; and certainly couldn’t conjugate them properly. That’s because contrary to what CNN and the LGBT movement claim, these words are not part of the natural evolution of language but a top-down ideological imposition. In colloquial terms, LGBT activists are trying to make these pronouns a “thing.” I’d like to see them try to do that on a construction site or in any other blue-collar workplace.
But CNN’s message is clear. The article includes an interview with “one of the foremost experts on neopronouns,” Dennis Baron, who lets us know that neopronouns are important: “People like to have a say in how they’re identified. Refusing to let people self-identify is a way of excluding them.” To assist us on this mission, CNN provides a list from the Human Rights Campaign.
xe/xyr (commonly pronounced zee/zeer)
I asked xyr to come to the movies. Xe said yes!
ze/zir or ze/hir (commonly pronounced zee/zeer or zee/heer)
The teacher graded zir paper today, and ze got an A!
Ze said hirself that I’m hir favorite neighbor.
fae/faer (commonly pronounced fay/fair)
Fae told me that faer best friend is in town this week.
I’m taking em to the park today. Ey wants to bring eir camera to capture the garden for emself!
ae/aer (commonly pronounced aye/air)
Ae is my best friend — most of aer’s weekday evenings are spent at my house.
Even this extensive guide, by the way, is useless. CNN added a note: “Some of these pronouns may be pronounced differently based on their user.” That makes sense. We now have an infinite number of possible identities to choose, a growing number of genders — and the same applies to pronouns. Indeed, the Human Rights Campaign explained that because neopronouns are “a reflection of someone’s personal identity,” the “number and types of neopronouns a person may use are limitless.”
Baron claims that the first “pronoun debates revolve around the non-inclusivity of using ‘he’ as a generic pronoun (as in the Bible: ‘He that is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone.’).” He goes to great lengths to claim that our current debates are actually just a matter of ignorant people ignoring history.
Dua Saleh, a musician and actor who has appeared on the Netflix hit “Sex Education,” uses the pronouns they and xe. Saleh told their social media followers in 2020, after xe started to use xe pronouns, that it’s “really affirming to find the pronouns that are right for you.”
“I just like the neopronouns,” Saleh told Complex in 2022. “I feel like they fit me better, not all the time, but they’re just fitting. There’s an element where I’m just like, ‘Oh, this sounds really nice.’ Or it sounds nice coming out of my mouth or hearing other people say it.” And it gets dumber — in addition to neopronouns, CNN provides “an intro to nounself neopronouns”:
Leaf, sun, star — nounself pronouns are neopronouns that use nature and other inspirations as nonbinary or genderless descriptors. Linguist Jason D’Angelo told The New York Times that nounself pronouns were popularized on the social platform Tumblr around 2012 and 2013 and remain in use among members of fandoms who may take their nounself pronouns from the properties they enjoy.
For someone who uses the nounself pronoun “leaf,” that may look like: “I hope leaf knows how proud we are that leaf is getting to know leafself better!” or “Leaf arrived at the coffee shop before me; I was mortified to have been late to meet leaf.”
In a 2016 paper on the emerging pronouns, Danish linguist Ehm Hjorth Miltersen wrote that nounself pronouns offer a way for people to establish identity beyond just gender. By finding one’s desired nounself pronouns, one can “can construct new ways to identify and be perceived by others that are more coordinate with complex and diverse identities.” Miltersen wrote that one nounself pronoun user who responded to their questionnaire wrote that they sometimes use “pup/pupself” pronouns to “express a level of fun, happiness and excitement … in me.”
That’s not a joke. As the Human Rights Campaign put it, this new language is a “step towards a society where people can more fully express all parts of themselves.”
In actuality, this is a step toward a society in which we embrace any form of delusion the LGBT movement demands, including people who identify as leaves or stars or anything else. And more than that — we are all expected to play along. CNN published this guide as a courteous how-to — but this stuff will be mandatory before you know it.