The Left, that political philosophy whose noble goal is social justice through government, is weakening in America. This is not only because its outcomes are so often counterproductive or trivial. It’s also because its announced policies are sometimes so hilarious that no one, except the most intellectual and thereby the least practical, can take them seriously. In truth, even Leftists are beginning to notice their own peculiarities.
“ . . . . administrators, faculty, and staff members at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) will no longer use these (‘Mr.’, ‘Mrs.’ , ‘Ms.’, ‘Miss.’) gendered salutations in exchanges with students.
Under a new university policy, CUNY staffers are instructed to omit [these terms] from ‘all types of correspondence’ with students and prospective students, . . . . . . . including ‘address and salutation, mailing labels, bills or invoices, and any other forms or reports.’”
CUNY, in a response to those who called seeking clarification for this incredulity were told that its basis lies in national law, specifically Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (as extended and amended in 1988, 1994, 2002, 2006), which now states, among other things, that:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
This spectacular piece of lawmaking gives us female football players at the expense of men’s soccer teams at some high schools and colleges. It eliminates all athletic programs at coed colleges whose enrollment is mostly female. It bestows the blessings of 15 males on the 34-member women’s fencing team at Cornell.
On the other hand, CUNY’s ruling now eliminates the gender-based term ‘Ms.’, coined by Ms. Gloria Steinmen, from approved campus communication. This might be deemed a victory for those who remember an American society in which ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ conveyed respect.
The shackles of student gender and marital identification at CUNY have been broken upon the altar of politically correct speech!
The obvious extrapolation of CUNY reasoning is to eliminate gender biases from dormitories, fraternities, sororities, bathrooms, and toilets at educational institutions receiving federal funding. After that, there will the curriculum adjustment that proscribes any association of the term ‘penis’ to men and the term ‘vulva’ to women. At this pinnacle of political correctness and intimate obedience to federal law, the fullest use of Title IX in regulating speech may be realized.
No doubt, gender non-conformists will be well pleased and well accommodated under CUNY’s new policy. This class is, of course, a huge proportion of the American population. However, even if the gender- and sex-confused were only a small part of our society, CUNY policies are well worth implementing everywhere, eh?
Maybe Bruce Jenner can now proudly enroll again in the university of his choice and repeat his athletic accomplishments as a woman.
At that point, the Utopia that the Left envisions should be here. If it isn’t, then it will be because there won’t be any from the Left who have the courage to claim their membership in such a perfectly embarrassing and petty society.