On the surface, the cultural Marxists’ war on normal pronouns is simply silly, the vaporings of unhinged women. Even those unhinged women know that in the real world, men are “he,” women are “she,” things are “it,” and “they” is plural. We all learned this by third grade.
So what is all the pronoun nonsense about? As foolish as it seems, it has a serious purpose: it acts as a political barometer. The cultural Marxists can and do gauge their power by the absurdity of what they command. The more absurd the demand, the greater their power if we obey.
Obviously, from a conservative point of view, it is important that we not obey. Yet many are tugging the forelock, bowing to requirements we call each nutcase whatever pronoun he/she/it wants, even if it sounds and reads like Esperanto spelled backwards.
Why are we yielding to such absurdity? Part of the answer is that, at least in some institutions, we are forced to do so. The Wall Street Journal recently reported a case where a child in elementary school was threatened with a federal felony charge for calling some girl by a pronoun other than the one she specified. Sunlight killed that bacterium, but many like it go undisclosed. In places such as university campuses where cultural Marxism rules (and our tax money goes to sustaining their rule), any student who uses the “wrong” pronoun, which is to say the grammatically correct pronoun, faces school discipline. The same is true in “woke” workplaces.
This sort of enforcement points to 1984, where the mandated language was “Newspeak” and anyone who spoke normal English was sent to a labor camp or shot. Do not doubt that the cultural Marxists want the same power here. At the moment, all they can do is fire or expel the employee or student who defies their rules. But they seek a totalitarian state like those the classical, economic Marxists created in the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, etc. Here, if cultural Marxism wins, a “wrong” pronoun will send you to the basement of the Lubyanka.
But there is more to it than threats and brute force. The members of the Frankfurt School, the institution that created cultural Marxism, crossed Marx with Freud. From psychology they took the weapon of psychological conditioning: working on people’s minds through “Critical Theory” and endless propaganda to the point where anyone who defies their rules thinks he has done something wrong, something terrible. He looks in the mirror and sees “another Hitler.”
The pronoun game is a tool the cultural Marxists can use to further condition normal people and gauge the success of their conditioning. If Ma and Pa Kettle use the standard pronouns, they have scorn heaped upon them, are called “thisists” and “thatists,” told how ignorant they are and ordered to grovel in the dirt and “apologize” to whatever creatures in the left’s zoo they have “offended.” If they yield and use absurd pronouns, cultural Marxists can claim another victory and cook up yet more ridiculous demands.
As is generally the case with cultural Marxism and other ideologies, the way to fight back is to defy their rules. If you get expelled for using normal, standard English pronouns, sue. There are conservative organizations that will take your case pro bono. And make sure you demand trial by jury. Most people on juries speak standard English. In states governed by Republicans, pass free speech laws that outlaw requiring anything but standard English for employment or attendance at a state college or university (and defund any academic department at such schools that require non-standard pronouns). There is one, only one case where I could accept a newly-created pronoun. For women who are so bizarre, so ditzy, so plain old butt-ugly that calling them “she” is an insult to all ladies, I will consent to a new pronoun that combines the feminine with the neuter: “she-it.” Wear it with pride, former gals, wear it with pride.