For many faculty members, the semester begins with the now-familiar call to students to “introduce yourself with your name and pronoun.”
Erm. Not on the planet that I inhabit. It’s rude to talk about people in the third person in their presence, so I have no use for “anybody’s pronoun” anyway. In terms of virtue signaling, this is quite useless because my students don’t recognize this kind of virtue, and thank God for that.
My classes are all discussion based, meaning that everybody talks all the time in small or large groups. Yet I never have an opportunity to say “she” or “he.” It’s always, “as Jessica pointed out” or “let’s hear what Jack has to say.” I’d feel very rude if I did it any other way.