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Ivy League school sent gender neutral acceptance letter to female applicant and she rejected the school. | MercatorNet | May 17, 2017 |

Ivy League school sent gender neutral acceptance letter to female applicant and she rejected the school.

| MercatorNet | May 17, 2017 |

Ivy League school sent gender neutral acceptance letter to female applicant

Then the student rejected the school.
Sheila Liaugminas | May 17 2017 | comment 

This story has made the rounds in some major media and much social media. Which means it still stands out in this tense cultural climate with gender ideology pervading institutions, politics and media. And the topic of many of Pope Francis’ addresses.
This time, it was Brown University, “one of the country’s most selective undergraduate colleges” according to this Wall Street Journal piece about the awkward admissions letter.
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.” Dean Powell’s letter also stated that our reader’s daughter had no doubt worked hard and made positive contributions to “their” school and community. Our reader reports that his perplexed family initially thought that Brown had made a word-processing error. That was before they listened to a voice mail message from the school congratulating his daughter and referring to her as “them.”
How odd, indeed.
Brown spokesman Brian Clark writes in an email that “our admission office typically refers to applicants either by first name or by using ‘they/their’ pronouns. While the grammatical construction may read as unfamiliar to some, it has been adopted by many newsrooms and other organizations as a gender-inclusive option.”
More on that in a moment...
The letter from Dean Powell included a total of four short paragraphs, including this one: “And now, as we invite you to join the Brown family, we encourage you to allow [daughter’s name] to chart their own course. Just as you have always been there, now we will provide support, challenge and opportunities for growth.”
Nearly a complete stranger, Mr. Powell is writing a short, error-filled letter to parents claiming that his organization is fit to replace them. No doubt the “Brown family” with all its “thems” and “theys” can offer a wealth of valuable educational opportunities. But anyone who buys the line that competent parenting is part of the package has probably never set foot on campus.
Very well put, grammar and semantic engineering aside.
But as for the claim that many newsrooms and other organizations have adopted gender-inclusive language instead of referring to or addressing males and females by the standard ‘his’ or ‘her’ pronouns, that’s become an issue in some major source books for writers and journalists.
Like the Chicago Manual of Style, which announced that a new 17th edition will be forthcoming in September 2017. And among its changes is this:
The use of singular they in place of a generic he or she is not recommended for formal prose; use of the singular they as a preferred personal pronoun is accepted in formal writing.
It’s sort of a ‘both/and’ response, but it’s included in the newly revised edition because it’s such an issue. Which got ‘a lot of buzz’, editors reported, as they move forward considering changes to the much-referenced manual.
They’re doing handsprings here to explain the usage of “singular they” rules, and allow for the continued bending of them, while not encouraging it.
Around that same time, the Associated Press stylebook editor announced that the AP reference source has now “added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.”
The article quoted a longtime Washington Post copy editor as “rooting for…what is known as the singular they as the only sensible solution to English’s lack of a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun”.
Define sensible.
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May 17, 2017

The week’s news has been a ping-pong match between the gaffes of Donald Trump and the tears of computer users affected by the WannaCry ransomware. In today’s issue of MercatorNet, we deal with the latter.
Jeffrey Pawlick, of New York University, examines a destructive attack which seems to have netted the perpetrators very little money. So why did they do it? It’s still a mystery. But this incident confirms once again that the technology of the internet is a double-edged sword. We frolic blissfully in an ocean of connectivity and information, but all the splashing attracts some very dangerous sharks.

Michael Cook 

Is removing children from Mafia families in their best interests?
By Chiara Bertoglio
At least one Italian judge thinks so.
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Ivy League school sent gender neutral acceptance letter to female applicant
By Sheila Liaugminas
Then the student rejected the school.
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Teens disconnected from family are more addicted to the web
By Nicole M. King
We are not all equally vulnerable.
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Should Americans have paid maternity leave?
By Shannon Roberts
Most Americans say yes.
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WannaCry: a cyber mugging that’s not your fault
By Jeffrey Pawlick
And why the motivation for last weekend’s malware attack is still a mystery
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Like him or loathe him, Trump could win in 2020
By Musa al-Gharbi
An incumbent president with a strong base and without stand-out candidate from the other party is in a strong position
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Don’t expect a quick end to the war on free speech
By Denyse O'Leary
The momentum of the campaign will be hard to stop
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Bullying and youth suicide in Japan
By Marcus Roberts
Why is the Japanese rate of youth suicide stubbornly high?
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Do we have a right to a child?
By Michael Cook
Surrogacy is included in a payout to a Canadian woman injured in a horrific car accident
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