April 18, 2022 by jacklovelace
I am a big friend of free speech and I’m not leading any woke parades.
So I was checking myself this weekend when I saw a story about a Ohio professor
who won a lawsuit in a free speech case.
A student in his class asked him to address him as a female instead of a male. He declined
since they were a male. He got in deep shit for it. At some point he apparently offered to just use
their surname but the student declined.
Anyway, it reminded me of one day when I was teaching a summer college class.
I called roll during class and at the end a student came up and said “you called me Robert but I am becoming Roberta.”
I quickly said sure thing, I’ll change it on my roster notes, and he was Roberta for the rest of the class.
I think people should be whatever they want to be and be called whatever they want. It was just no problem.
I bounced my less than thrilled reaction about the Ohio professor’s handling on the incident initially off a friend who pointed out everything has its limits. If a student asked to be called motherfucker you would need to decline.
While I agree, I do recall that in the movie Horrible Bosses that Jaime Foxx plays a character called Motherfucker Jones.
I have this image of standing in front of the classroom and saying “Yes, you motherfucker, what do you think?”