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.'”
Freeman said the reader’s family was “perplexed” by the letter and a voicemail message left by the school referring to the daughter as “them.”
A Brown spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that the university is now using the grammatically incorrect “them” to be more “gender-inclusive.”
“Our admission office typically refers to applicants either by first name or by using ‘they/their’ pronouns,” said Brian Clark. “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.”