Sep 22, 2015

University wants Students to Stop using Words with ‘Man’ in Them

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 In yet another case of political correctness gone wrong at a university, he University of Chapel Hill has distributed a guide suggesting students not use words with ‘man’ in them.
In other words, don’t use words like policeman or congressman to describe someone even if it describes them.
Clearly they are taking the ‘he/she’ argument to a new level. They want people to use more generic terms as descriptors.

From The Blaze:
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill distributed a writing a guide to students that advised against using words with “man” in them.
The guide created by UNC’s Writing Center advises against using words such as “mailman,” “man-made” and “policeman,” according to a copy published online.
“English has changed since the Declaration of Independence was written,” the guide says. “Most readers no longer understand the word ‘man’ to be synonymous with ‘person,’ so clear communication requires writers to be more precise.”
“It is wise to be sensitive and aware of choices that are gender inclusiveness,” Vicki Behrens, assistant director of the Writing Center, told The College Fix.  ”We are glad to have a handout to help people navigate and make informed choices.”
The College Fix reported that the guide was revised over the summer and includes a checklist for students who wish to be more “gender aware” while writing.
This is from the actual guide:
You have probably encountered documents that use masculine nouns and pronouns to refer to subject(s) whose gender is unclear or variable, or to groups that contain people who are not actually men. For example, the U.S. Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal.” Generations of Americans have been taught that in this context, the word “men” should be read as including both men and women. Other common instances of gendered language include words that assume connections between jobs or roles and gender (like “policeman”) and language conventions that differ depending on the gender of the person being discussed (like using titles that indicate a person’s marital status).
English has changed since the Declaration of Independence was written. Most readers no longer understand the word “man” to be synonymous with “person,” so clear communication requires writers to be more precise. And using gender-neutral language has become standard practice in both journalistic and academic writing, as you’ll see if you consult the style manuals for different academic disciplines (APA, MLA, and Chicago, for example).
Tackling gendered references in your writing can be challenging, especially since there isn’t (and may never be) a universally agreed upon set of concrete guidelines on which to base your decisions. But there are a number of different strategies you can “mix and match” as necessary.
People’s assumptions haven’t changed, it’s the politically correct crazies who have pushed division in this country that have changed.
On one hand they ask for special rights and privileges for certain groups and on the other hand they want everything to be gender neutral.

Are professors going to mark students with lower scores if they don’t follow this guide?
When there are indeed words that use gender to describe someone, should they be excluded such as identifying a female police officer as a policewoman? Oh wait, woman has the word ‘man’ in it. That may be a violation.
It’s no wonder kids come out of colleges today unable to get jobs in the real world. They are being consistently dumbed-down by this type of thing across the country rather than focusing on issues that truly matter.
Maybe they should just refer to everyone as an ‘it.’


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