What, like he can’t do that?
Of course he can. If a university declares open season on pronouns, so as not to encumber students with prejudicial stereotypes and assumptions, it doesn’t get to then turn around and disallow students’ chosen pronouns based on prejudicial stereotypes and assumptions.
It certainly doesn’t get to do that and retain any semblance of intellectual honesty.
U. Michigan went through a ponderous justification, recounted at The College Fix by Peter Van Voorhis, to establish an inclusive student roster with a registry of preferred pronouns. There’s a lot of encouraging verbiage about inclusiveness, inclusion, and students feeling valued, respected, and included.
Michigan makes it clear just how inclusive its intentions are:
Students are not only allowed to choose from one of several pre-selected pronouns — they can also write in their own designated personal pronoun. “Designated pronouns will automatically populate on all class rosters accessed through Wolverine Access. Rosters pulled from other systems will not have designated pronouns listed,” the university states.
So student Grant Strobl registered as His Majesty. This can’t seriously be considered less respectful and realistic than registering one’s pronoun as ze or xe, or demanding that one’s fellows accept that one identifies as a cat, a 7-foot-tall Chinese man, or a blind 6-year-old with no hands, if one is, say, a sighted, 5’5″ human woman of 20, African-American and with all her limbs intact.
King Grant is of course not the first person to come out as a royal personage. I have identified for some time as Queen Victoria, a fact known to correspondents of these pages.
I add my applause for King Grant’s declaration to College Fix’s, and wish His Majesty all the best in His Majesty’s collegiate endeavors.