(Headline Wealth) Goldman Sachs is known for dealing in an alphabet soup of financial derivative products. It is now pushing “Ze,” “Zir,” and “Zem” — not as ticker symbols but as examples of transgender and gender-neutral pronouns the Wall Street mega-bank wants employees to recognize.
It’s all part of Goldman CEO David Solomon’s public devotion to “diversity” — and part of a larger “woke capital” agenda that has seen the nation’s largest corporations embrace radical progressive politics.
Last Friday, Goldman Sachs released a document called “Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work: Pronouns.” It begins, “Our commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive work environment is absolute.”
Not dogmatic and heavy-handed, mind you, just “absolute”!
Goldman provides the following examples of gender-neutral language for the uninitiated:
Gender-Neutral: Ze / Zir (Zem) / Zirs (Zes) / Zirself (Zemself)
- Ze went to the store.
- I spoke with zir / zem.
- The apple was zirs / zes.
And the following “Tips for Being an Inclusive Ally”:
- Pronouns should not be assumed by someone’s name or gender expression (i.e. physical appearance).
- Made a mistake? Don’t make a big deal out of it or draw extra attention to it; instead, make a swift apology and use the correct pronoun(s) moving forward.
- Practice using gender-neutral pronouns on your own time. Feeling comfortable with these terms does not happen immediately and can require concerted effort.
- Recognize that some people go by multiple sets of pronouns, while others may choose to only use their name and eschew pronouns completely.
- It is usually acceptable to use the “They / Them” pronoun set when referring to someone who has not expressly stated their pronouns.
- Proactively share your pronouns to foster an environment of respect and awareness (ex: “Hi, I’m Karen! My pronouns are she/ hers. Welcome to the team!”).