The US Department of State, which has as its mission to "lead America's foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity," wants Americans to know why they should use preferred pronouns, and respect other people's as well.
In a tweet for International Pronouns Day, the US Department of State, headed by Secretary of State Tony Blinken, took a moment to "share why many people list their pronouns on their email and social media profiles."
Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban and terror attacks there have increased. Ethiopia is in the middle of a war, tensions are heating up in the South China Sea, a pandemic has ravaged populations and resources, but the US Department of State wants to let everyone know just what is so important about acknowledging and sharing "preferred pronouns."
International Pronouns Day "seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace," claiming that it is "basic to human dignity."
A recent viral video showed two people explaining how to use their preferred pronouns, which have to do with being "demons." This duo uses "they/them/theirs" or "dem/demon/demonself" to refer to themselves, and wants everyone else to do so also.
It's unclear if the US Department of State would draw the line at advocating for everyone to refer to these folx as "demon" or would raise the rainbow flag and demand global compliance in the name of "advocacy."
Linking to an article from Share America, a government website, the US Department of State notes that it is "increasingly common for people to 'share their pronouns.'" And then a selection of pronouns are listed, including the incredibly absurd, stupid, nonsensical, linguistic contrivance of ze/zir/zirs.
"American society is showing acceptance of the trend," reads the article promoted by the US Department of State, noting that the trend is picking up speed, saying that "Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults knows someone who goes by gender-neutral pronouns."
What the US Department of State's concern about pronouns has to do with the security of the United States either internationally or at home, or has to do with "advancing the interests of the American people," is unclear.
The expression of preferred pronouns is hardly a settled matter in American discourse. A teacher in Virginia was suspended for refusing to use preferred pronouns, saying that he refused to lie to his students. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a professor to sue to not use preferred pronouns. Actress Gina Carano made fun of the entire concept by listing her pronouns as "beep/bop/boop," and many feminist activists also refuse to comply with pronoun enforcement.
The concept of preferred pronouns was initially broached by trans activists who wanted to facilitate the use of cross-sex hormone for trans identified individuals. In an executive order signed by President Biden on his very first day in office, the newly inaugurated administration conflated gender identity and biological sex when it comes to protections under the law, meaning that those gender-nonconforming biological males who identify as women and women are subject to the same protections under the law.
They later created a response form on the White House website facilitating alternative gender identities, such as Mx., etc. Following up on that commitment to protections for gender identity, the US Department of State created passport applications that do not require a person to specify that they are male or female, despite a passport being an official form of identification that is meant to give characteristics about an individual for the purposes of border security.
The Biden administration has further facilitated activists asks by removing language that designate biological sex-based relationships, such as mother, father, sister, brother, from official congressional documents. Additionally, they have declared that the term "birthing person" should replace both the terms "pregnant woman" and "mother."