Parent Protests Gender Neutral Pronouns Used By Brown University

A parent has expressed outrage over the acceptance letter they have received for their daughter’s application to Brown University in America.  The reason for this, the use of gender-neutral pronouns.

News of this matter surfaced after an assistant editor and Fox news contributor, James Freeman, wrote an opinion published by the Wall Street Journal in which he ranted against the university.  Freeman said that he received a letter from the parent of a newly accepted Brown student who was angry at the way their daughter was addressed.

The unnamed parent said that they received a letter from the university addressed to the ‘parent/guardian’ of the student.  The letter welcomed the student to the university and commended them for ‘their’ contribution and hard work.

The article also reported that the university also left a voicemail message that used gender neutral language.

Whilst most people would be fine with the use of gender-neutral language, or perhaps not even notice it, this parent has now refused to allow their daughter to attend Brown University, claiming that ‘only left-wing extremists are welcome’.

Wall Street Journal writer James Freeman supported the parents’ stance and even went as far as to insult the Dean of Admissions at Brown, Logan Powell claiming that he’s not ‘familiar with pronouns.’

‘We’ve read about the literacy crisis in the U.S. but would not have guessed that that the problem extends to Ivy League administrators.’

Brown University responded to this criticism by explaining that their admissions office ‘typically refers to applicants 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.’

The parent of the student cited the use of gender-neutral language as unnecessary as their daughter ‘has always been clear what her biological gender and identity is – she’s a woman.’

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Amy is a journalist and editor contributing the websites Planet Transgender, Gay News Network, The Bottle Episode, The Retro Box and Claire Channel. Amy is also a published comic book writer and letterer.
In addition to her writing Amy has also worked with the Centre For Hate Crime Studies in Leicester and has worked in the capacity of an advisor to the United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women.

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One Response to Parent Protests Gender Neutral Pronouns Used By Brown University

  1. Charlene April 17, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Here’s a list just for this nit-picky anal-retentive parent!

    List of women’s colleges and universities in the United States
    Agnes Scott College
    Alverno College
    Barnard College
    Bay Path University
    Bennett College for Women
    Brenau University
    Bryn Mawr College
    Cedar Crest College
    College of Saint Mary
    Columbia College
    Converse College
    Cottey College
    Hollins University
    Judson College
    Meredith College
    Mills College
    Moore College of Art and Design
    Mount Holyoke College
    Mount Mary University
    Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
    Notre Dame of Maryland University
    Russell Sage College of The Sage Colleges
    St. Catherine University
    Saint Mary’s College
    Salem College
    Scripps College
    Simmons College
    Smith College
    Spelman College
    Stephens College
    Sweet Briar College
    Trinity Washington University
    University of Saint Joseph
    Ursuline College
    Wellesley College
    Wesleyan College
    The Women’s College of the University of Denver