The gender debate: Wits won't be calling students Mr or Ms anymore

The gender debate: Wits won't be calling students Mr or Ms anymore

Tweeps reacted to news that Witwatersrand University (Wits) would no longer be addressing people as Mr or Mrs because of those who identify as gender-neutral.

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Business News anchor Nzinga Qunta took to Twitter to share the new gender-neutral policies of Wits and it sparked a debate on the social media platform.

‏”Wits University will no longer address students by titles such as Mr or Ms. The University says it ‘recognises that it is invalidating and distressing for a person who was born female but identifies as male to be constantly addressed by a non-affirming title’,” she captioned the post.

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Qunta’s post gathered a lot of reactions and Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at the different opinions South Africans expressed on the issue.

A lot of tweeps were left confused as to how students would be addressed now that Mr and Ms were off the table.

Many felt the university was finally making strides in the right direction of making all people feel comfortable and equal.

“I suggest they also start building restrooms addressing the same agenda. I honestly do not think a lesbian person feels confident having to go to ladies room while at the same time men's room isn't suitable for her too,” a tweep added.

However, others suggested the new policy was unfair to the majority of people who identify as either male or female.

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