Sarah Lawrence College has released guidelines for student publications, telling them to omit the pronouns ‘he’ and ‘she,’ even when it is grammatically correct to use them.
The Gender Neutral Language Guidelines also instruct students to avoid gendered words like ‘mankind’ and ‘mothering,’ suggest various gender-neutral alternatives.
Third person pronouns are to be avoided: “Where possible and appropriate, use second person (you, your, yours),” say the guidelines, “second person not only eliminates gender reference, but also makes the copy more personal and engaging.”
According to the document, the sentence “Each student must obtain his or her parking permit the first week of the semester,” should be replaced with something like “You will need to obtain your parking permit the first week of the semester.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Instead of the phrase “his or her father or mother,” Sarah Lawrence proposes using “a parent.” Conditional sentences beginning with “if” or “when” are also discouraged because they “often require the use of pronouns.”
After establishing a more sensitive sentence structure, the college instructs students to “eliminate generic use of gendered words by using substitutes instead.”
“Mankind” should be forsaken in favor of ‘humankind,’ “manpower” should be substituted with “work force,” and so on.
Words like “mothering” and “fathering” are not allowed by the guidelines, bringing to mind Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World, in which society has outlawed these roles.