CNN has come under increasing criticism for its decision to publish an extensive 1,800-word article on its X platform dedicated to neopronouns, a term not widely known or used.
Guide to Neopronouns
The report, titled “Guide to Neopronouns,” is a showcase for pronoun activist Dennis Baron’s 2020 book, “What’s My Gender?”
Neopronouns are unconventional pronouns that are rarely encountered in practice.
Includes a List of Neopronouns
The article aims to explain what neopronouns are and includes a list of “relatively common” neopronouns such as “xe/xyr,” “ze/zir,” “fae/faer,” “ey/em/eir,” and “ae/aer.”
For Individuals Outside of the Traditional Binary Genders
These neopronouns are intended to be used by individuals who don’t identify within the traditional gender binary.
A Guide to Each Neopronoun
The article offers example sentences and pronunciation guides for each neopronoun, although it acknowledges that pronunciation can vary.
Critics Say It’s Confusing
Critics of the article argue that neopronouns, while attempting to expand inclusivity, often lead to confusion due to their lack of clear meaning and their divergence from traditional grammar and language usage.
Undermines Effective Communication
Some contend that the adoption of neopronouns, which often sound similar to one another, can undermine effective communication.
Professor Says They Should Be Respected
Dennis Baron, an emeritus professor of English and Linguistics, supports the usage of neopronouns, suggesting they should be respected like any other pronoun.
Critics Say They Undermine the Purpose of Pronouns
Opponents argue that neopronouns are novel, difficult to pronounce, and lack universally understood meanings.
Undermines the Very Purpose of Pronouns
This can lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings, undermining the very purpose of pronouns as linguistic tools for clarity and efficiency.
They Cited Historical Content
CNN’s coverage of neopronouns has also received criticism for treating the concept too seriously.
Attempting to Validate Neopronouns
The article attempts to validate neopronouns by presenting a historical context that is relatively limited in scope.
Historical Failure of Neopronouns
Critics point out that neopronouns, which have been proposed as far back as the early 20th century, have largely failed to gain widespread acceptance due to their impracticality and confusion.
Does It Deny the Nature of Biological Sex?
Furthermore, some view neopronouns as part of a larger push to deny the binary nature of biological sex, often associated with transgender ideology.
They Provide Means to Express Gender Identity
While supporters argue that neopronouns allow individuals to express their gender identity beyond the traditional binary framework, critics suggest the proliferation of neopronouns can lead to language chaos and hinder meaningful communication.
The Topic Remains Divisive
The issue remains divisive, with various perspectives within media outlets, educators, and society at large.
Maybelline’s Bold New Campaign Uses Men With Full Beards to Promote New Product Line, Sparking Social Media Controversy
Cosmetics giant Maybelline has recently found itself embroiled in controversy after using male makeup artists to promote its new product lines. Here’s the full story. Maybelline’s Bold New Campaign Uses Men With Full Beards to Promote New Product Line, Sparking Social Media Controversy
He Was Simply Drying His Vibrant Duvet Cover When His Neighbor Accused Him of Promoting ‘The Gay Agenda’ and Urged Her Daughters to Look Away
What happens when a neighbor suddenly starts accusing you of spreading a gay agenda? He Was Simply Drying His Vibrant Duvet Cover When His Neighbor Accused Him of Promoting ‘The Gay Agenda’ and Urged Her Daughters to Look Away
Desantis Abolishes All Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Within Disney World District Fanning Flames of “Wokeness War”
In a move that has ignited controversy and drawn widespread attention, Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and a potential presidential candidate, has recently dismantled all diversity, equity, and inclusion programs within Disney World’s governing district. Here’s the full story. Desantis Abolishes All Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Within Disney World District Fanning Flames of “Wokeness War”
Ron Desantis Kicks Out Protestors for Holding up Pride Flags and Yells ‘We Don’t Want You Indoctrinating Our Children’
In a recent town hall event in Tega Cay, South Carolina, Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor and 2024 presidential hopeful, found himself amid a heated confrontation with LGBTQ activists. Here’s the full story. Ron Desantis Kicks Out Protestors for Holding up Pride Flags and Yells ‘We Don’t Want You Indoctrinating Our Children’
Professor Failed Student for Using the Term “Biological Women,” Now Has to Take Free Speech Classes
Professor’s reprimand overturned after student uses “biological women” term, sparking controversy over free speech and ideological influence in academia. Professor Failed Student for Using the Term “Biological Women,” Now Has to Take Free Speech Classes
Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Nate Hovee. The people shown in the images are for illustrative purposes only, not the actual people featured in the story.