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July 7, 2012


Mark Steyn: Really? No Pronouns? At Harvard?

À propos of the news about transgendered ordination from the General Convention today, Mark Steyn at NRO’s The Corner turns his acerbic wit on a similar phenomenon that is taking over my alma mater:

It’s a Barnum & Bailey World . . .

By Mark Steyn
July 6, 2012 7:38 P.M.

George Leef over at NRO’s Phi Beta Cons had a teasing link to this exciting news earlier today:

Harvard has appointed Vanidy “Van” Bailey as the College’s first permanent director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. Bailey, the assistant director for education at the University of California, San Diego, will assume the new position on July 16.

Alas, this long overdue shattering of the BGLTQ ceiling was marred by the Harvard Crimson’s grossly insensitive coverage:

An earlier version of this article used the pronoun “she” to refer to Vanidy “Van” Bailey, the newly appointed director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. In fact, Bailey prefers not to be referred to by any gendered pronoun.

I’ll bet Elizabeth Warren is kicking herself for not thinking of that one.

So America is now the first nation in history in which people take on six figures of debt for the privilege of entrusting their education to persons with no pronouns. That seems likely to work.


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Why wasn’t Jesus born at Harvard?

Because it would have required three wise men and a virgin raspberry

[1] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-7-2012 at 05:07 AM · [top]

Sorry, A.S.  I have a different set of institutional affiliations and couldn’t resist.

But don’t worry.  Harvard has plenty of virgins.  wink

[2] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-7-2012 at 05:10 AM · [top]

We’re gonna need a drum roll/rim shot smiley if you Plantagenets keep this up!

[3] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-7-2012 at 09:19 AM · [top]

I’m sorry, I was going to parody this, but I got nothing better than what the perfesser her/itself came up with.

[4] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-7-2012 at 09:52 AM · [top]

It occurs to me that with all the efforts to constrain English into non-offensive bywaters what we are ultimately doing is taking one of the world’s most subtle and flexible languages back to the level of Pidgin. No Pronouns would mean saying to The Plantagenets, Hey, The Plantagenets, that’s an hilarious thing The Plantagenets just said. Excuse me?

[5] Posted by oscewicee on 7-7-2012 at 02:43 PM · [top]

Um, yeah.  Harvard, huh. 

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2008/9/26/harvard-law-school-adopts-pass-fail-grading/

...and look at who wrote the article…

[6] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-7-2012 at 02:55 PM · [top]

Reminds me of the Harvard joke:

A Midwesterner arrives at Harvard, is walking across the yard, and stops to ask a gender-indeterminate permanent director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life for directions.

“Pardon me, can you tell me where the library is at, Sir or Madam?” he asks.

You know the rest. . .

[7] Posted by paradoxymoron on 7-7-2012 at 07:36 PM · [top]

So, Mr. Haley, I have a question. What does it prefer to be called, other than it? Of course, neuter is a gender (grammatically), even though it is not a sex. My apologies to Vanidy Bailey, but I am not interested in complying with its wishes.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[8] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 7-9-2012 at 06:51 PM · [top]

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