Friday, April 21, 2017

Brown University Uses ‘Gender-Inclusive’ ‘They’ for Acceptance Letters

Ivy League school will not use asterisks because it's not 'inclusive' enough

Brown University is now using "gender-inclusive" pronouns on acceptance letters, adding to a growing list of transgender policies.

The Ivy League school is confusing potential students by using the pronouns "they" and "them" for men and women, writes the Wall Street Journal‘s James Freeman.

"Brown University in Providence, R.I. houses one of the country's most selective undergraduate colleges," Freeman reported. "The Brown Daily Herald, a student-run newspaper, cites Dean of Admission Logan Powell in reporting that the school received a record-high 32,724 applications this year, and admitted just 8.3 [percent] of applicants."

"Among those lucky few is the daughter of a Journal reader who is still trying to make sense of a letter the family received this week from Mr. Powell," Freeman explained. "Our reader's bright daughter had already received news of her acceptance when a letter arrived that was addressed to her ‘Parent/Guardian.'"

"Oddly, the note referred to the accepted student not as ‘she' but as ‘they.'"

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