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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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The University of Tennessee has pulled its controversial, politically-correct guide to pronouns after backlash from the public and lawmakers.

The university published a list of gender-neutral pronouns on its website, suggesting that transgender students are uncomfortable with traditional pronouns such as "he" and "she."

The posting was taken down by the university after an outrcy, The Christian Post reported

gender confusionSome of the preferred pronouns are "ze" and "zir" for the sake of "gender inclusive" words. Others are "hir," "hirs," "xem," and "xem."

The announcement was posted on the school's website by the director of the university's "Pride Center."

"I wonder if they’ve got a gender neutral word for idiot," Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes opined in an August commentary after learning about the website posting.

Reacting to the announcement, Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute describes the now-dropped rules as more sinister. Complying with the university's "rhetorical dictates" would mean to agree with the ideology being pushed, she says.  

She adds that it's more disrespectful to refer to someone by the wrong pronoun – even if it's politically correct. 

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