◆ Quick tip on how to spot a university drowning in politically-correct ideology:
⇒ Your daughter’s acceptance letter calls her “they” so the school can avoid a gender-specific pronoun
No surprise here, the school is Brown. (James Freeman in the Wall Street Journal)
Other schools may be equally PC, but none tops good ole Brown. No, siree.
There were labor camps in the Cultural Revolution that had more robust political differences.
Comment: Even tough-minded universities have succumbed. Alas.
At the University of Chicago, where the Dean of Students sent out the famous “no safe spaces here” letter to incoming students, some Deans end their emails with a standard signature that explains “my preferred pronouns.”
The last one I received was from a person named Stephanie, and I was shocked to discover her preferred pronouns are “she, her,” and . . . wait for it, yes . . . “hers.” That’s right. These administrators think you are so dumb, so clueless you need to be told the correct possessive.
Why? First, they are probably trying to show how oh-so-sensitive they are to people who are “gender fluid” and who, as a personal preference, use other pronouns. I am happy for folks to use whatever pronouns they want. Honestly. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. So, why not simply let them include that “preferred pronoun” thingy in their letters, without everyone else having to follow them like lemmings? Because, of course, it is crucial to display how sensitive and politically correct you are. Or, perhaps you simply fear your “sensitive” boss, who effectively demands conformity from underlings. That is an all-too-familiar type on campus: sensitive-but-tyrannical.
Another group that might want to include preferred pronouns are people with names from other languages. Since I don’t speak Chinese, I wouldn’t know “Bojing” was male, “Bingwen” female. Again, if they want to include their preferred pronouns, that’s fine. In fact, I would find it helpful.
But don’t make everyone do it to display how earnest and sensitive they are.
My name is Charles, and I’m going to make a wild assumption here that I don’t need to tell you I prefer the pronouns “he, him, and his.”
As a special bonus, I won’t assume you are such a dunderhead that I prefer the pronoun “he.” An odd choice, I know.
I will also assume that, knowing I’m a “he,” I gonna go with “him” and “his.”
But I fervantly hope, dear reader, you could have figured that out on your own.
Even if you went to Brown.
Thanks to James Freeman for the article and David Herro for sharing it