Weasel Zippers has two tasty tidbits from the Netroots Nations conference, current and future. First up is that the group’s founder, Markos Moutlitsas, will be boycotting the 2015 edition of the conference because it will be held in Arizona. Why? He explains at the Daily Kos:
I made very clear in the wake of Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 that I would not be setting foot in the state, nor spending a dime in it until the law was revoked. The law, however gutted by the courts, remains on the books, as does systemic harassment of Latinos, so my pledge still stands.
Now if only he would pledge to leave the planet Earth because it fails to live up to his lofty standards of fairness….
Item number 2 relates to this year’s conference, which is currently underway in Detroit. The name tags being handed out to tinfoil attendees is the standard business conference issue … the kind that announces, “Hello, my name is…” But these name tags are additionally imprinted with a request for information about the wearer’s “preferred gender pronouns.”
Townhall’s Derek Hunter tweeted:
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) July 19, 2014
I wonder how many of those in attendance chose xe, xem, and xyr as their preferred gender pronouns. A better question is how many of those in attendance can pronounce these additions to the language.
- Xe, xem, xyr: New ‘gender-free’ pronouns approved by Vancouver ed. board
- Who’s ready for gender-neutral pronouns?
- Oberlin College to mandate transgender sensitivity training for all jocks
- The left’s assault on gender distinction
- Washington state cleanses laws of gender bias