If it wasn’t happening at Harvard it would be just another dumb joke.
Yesterday, Harvard University announced a new appointment:
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.
Considering the state of the job market, what college students really need is a new administrator to tend to the feelings of BGLTQ students.
It gets better.
When the Harvard Crimson first reported the story, it erred in referring to Vanidy Bailey as a female. The designation was apparently incorrect.
Thus, it felt obliged to offer the following correction:
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.
Henceforth all future pronominal references to Vanidy Bailey will use a form of the neutered “it.”
Now we have it on high authority that you are the gender you prefer to be. So long, reality; good bye, human nature; welcome magical thinking.
Did anyone notice that when you unsex a human being you depersonalize and dehumanize it? It doesn’t make it any better if Vanidy Bailey wants to self-dehumanize.
You have surely noticed its first name, Vanidy, is a perfect homophone for the word “vanity.” Is there anything quite as vain as insisting that you be designated by the pronoun of your choosing? Surely, nothing is more vain than insisting that a newspaper modify its policy about grammar to placate your delusions of sexlessness.
Actually, one thing is more vain: a newspaper that would go along.
Then again, what are they smoking at Harvard. How would they ever hire an individual who insists on being referred to as … it?
Now, at least, we know what matters to the administration of Harvard University. The alumni who are throwing money at Harvard should rethink their philanthropy. They are, after all, paying its salary.
Keep in mind, Harvard is not just any university. It is the best of the best, the best in the world. At least, it used to be.
High school students work themselves to the bone to get into Harvard. Parents kill to get their students into the place.
They would all do well to ask themselves how many politically correct and dehumanizing inanities students are being forced to absorb at a place like Harvard.
If you were wondering why some of us are pessimistic about America’s future, there you have it, in a nutshell.