The School That Killed the Word ‘Mr.’

Of all the politically charged words we use to address each other in day-to-day communication, “Mr.” and “Ms.” might seem relatively inoffensive.

But “Mr.” and “Ms.” entered the campus gender wars this week, with the announcement that administrators, faculty, and staff members at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) will no longer use these gendered salutations in exchanges with students.

Under a new university policy, CUNY staffers are instructed to omit Mr. and Ms. from “all types of correspondence” with students and prospective students, according to a recent internal memo, including “address and salutation, mailing labels, bills or invoices, and any other forms or reports.”

The policy went into effect for the Spring 2015 semester at the Manhattan public university as part of an “ongoing effort to ensure a respectful, welcoming, and gender-inclusive learning environment”…

h/t Steven Pinker