John Fenaughty is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. In a recent column
Fenaughty suggested that school teachers should use students’ “correct names and pronouns (e.g., he, him, they, them, she, her, etc).”
Following the Fenaughty protocol, The Council of Disobedient Women recommends that people use the pronoun ‘etc’, to avoid any confusion or offense.
Fenaughty recommends attention to pronouns to demonstrate acceptance, and in so doing foster belonging.
It should be noted that it is rather remiss of Mr Fenaughty to give up after listing so few pronouns. How will zie, sie, ey, ve, tey e people feel? There was no consideration shown for zim, sie, em, ver, ter, em either. As for zir, hir, eir, vis, tem, well that is just cruel and non-inclusive. Please do better Fernaughty for the sake of zis, hirs, eirs, vers, ters. If not for us then at least try harder for zieself, hirself, eirself, verself, terself, emself.