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Bristol University in England removes ‘catgender’ and ‘emojiself’ from pronoun guide after backlash

Bristol University in England recently published a guide to possible pronouns people may use in an attempt to educate staff on inclusivity measures, but instead caused backlash for the guide’s references to the pronouns ‘catgender’ and ‘emojiself.’

The guide linked the pronouns to resources explaining what each pronoun means. The guide linked ‘catgender’ to an LGBTA Wiki, which explains the term, saying “someone who is catgender may use nya/nyan pronouns”. Nya/nyan means “meow” in Japanese. Catgender is also described as someone who “strongly identifies” with cats or other felines or “experiences delusions relating to being a cat or other feline.”

The term ‘emojiself’ is defined in the guide as “a subcategory of nounself pronouns, which are pronouns that, instead of using letters, utilize emojis.”

The inclusion of the term was met with ridicule from many, including trans activist Debbie Hayton, who told The Telegraph, “It brings the whole concept of being a transsexual and transitioning in society into disrepute, we didn’t ask for this,” she said. “Pronouns are there to describe what we see and what we know.”

In response to the criticism, the university removed the terms from its guide. It also released a statement saying, “The University of Bristol is committed to gender inclusion… The information on our website is designed to help people understand the different variations and nuances that this covers.There is no expectation that staff must commit every possible pronoun to memory.”

The statement continues, “Using pronouns on email signatures or as part of meeting introductions is not a mandatory requirement.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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