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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Uneducated? Nope, unindoctrinated

In my career, I worked with two Princeton graduates. Both were intelligent and well-read. I also worked with many other college graduates who were not as smart. I also worked with many intelligent who had no degree. Pollsters and pundits would call the latter group uneducated. But a story out of Princeton casts great doubt on that description.

The Princeton University HR department has largely wiped the word “man” from its vocabulary.
The relatively new policy in effect at the Ivy League institution spells out the directive in a four-page memo that aims to make the department more gender inclusive.
Instead of using “man,” employees are told to use words such as human beings, individuals or people.
Other guidelines? Instead of “man and wife” use spouses or partners. Switch out “man made” with artificial, handmade or manufactured. Don’t use the verb “to man,” as in to work something, instead use to operate or to staff. Throw out workmanlike and replace it with skillful.
The memo goes on to list a variety of occupations that typically include the word “man” in them and offers replacements: business person instead of businessman, firefighter instead of fireman, ancestors instead of forefathers, and so on.
I am not really sure what makes this news. This game has gone on for 50 years. Maybe a new generation of thinkers challenges this nonsense. Good luck getting them to call the handbook a manual.

First of all: Their suggestion to replace the word “mankind” with “humanity.” Um, hellooo! The word “humanity” still has “man” in it, and that makes me feel hella triggered. Same goes for their telling people to say “manufactured” instead of “man made.” Yeah, you read that right… manufactured. MANufactured! As if that’s somehow better? Ugh.
But it gets worse: There are many problematic words and phrases that the guide left out entirely. For example: “manna.” I mean, whether we’re talking about bread from heaven or not, that syllable still has no place in a civilized society. And don’t even get me started on that movie The Omen. To be honest, I really can’t believe a movie with a title like that was ever even released, and think that it should probably be banned. Seeing as I am a reasonable person, however, I’d be totally willing to compromise and settle for just having the title be changed to “The O***” to avoid the risk of any further syllable-induced trauma. In fact, I think I’ll start a petition about this, so make sure to sign it — unless of course, the emotional well being of female-identified persons is not important to you. I’m serious . . . if your daughters and sisters and mothers and wives don’t matter to you, then please feel free to not.
This is a quaint battle, given up long ago. The Associated Press Stylebook caved long ago. Thirty years ago, a copy editor scream at me for using coed to describe a woman student.

But the battle began on the college campuses where it continues, this time to promote guys in drag. From the College Fix article:
While Princeton’s language policy for its Offices of Communications and Human Resources, Princeton’s LGBT Center also offers a guide on various gender pronouns for those who identify as “transgender, genderqueer, and other gender-variant,” suggesting “ze, zie and hir,” “they and theirs,” and “Ey, em, eir and emself.”
Many universities have also encouraged the campus community as a whole to use of gender neutral or gender inclusive language.
We could also grunt. He or she would be one grunt, "they" two. We would still use you. Me would become a pounding of the chest.

That whole transgendering of pronouns is the real story. This is the new frontier in turning English into an Orwellian mess. Words are not supposed to be inclusive. They are supposed to be specific. Clip the green wire first does not mean clip any wire of any color first because heaven help us if we offend the other colors while we are defusing a bomb.

College-educated people seem more susceptible to the Ze. Zie, Zowie games of transgendering language. Who fell first for Global Cooling? The people with the degrees or the people who go to church on Wednesday night? Who then fell for Global Warming?

This is not new. When Hans Christian Andersen first found fame, he began to hobnob with the educated in Danish society. He found them to be shallow bores who went with the crowd, much like the nightly political commentators on television. He mocked them in his 1837 classic, The Emperor's New Clothes.. The story ends with the least educated person in the village -- a child -- exposing the truth that the emperor indeed was naked.

Almost one-third of Americans now have a college degree. Two-thirds do not. I contend that making college available to just about everyone has not advanced the intelligence of the country as much as we like to think.

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10 comments:

  1. You fascist reactionary! We should settle for nothing less than eliminating the letters M, A, N from the alphabet. It will be difficult t first but wht is tht copred to inclusivnss?

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  2. Almost stepped on another third rail with that comment about intelligence. Stay away from that. The Gestapo might be listening. I want to keep reading you, not reading about you or wondering where you are. Shhh.

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  3. While we're at it, I'd like to point out another liberal hypocrisy. We all know how they say that IQ tests and standardized testing can't measure intelligence. They say this mostly in the context of making excuses for making colleges more vibrant and forcing employers to hire and retain less than stellar employees because we have to make the world a better place, even if we have to destroy it (burn the village in order to save it). Then they turn around and claim that their Ivy League educations are evidence of their superiority over the rest of us and that we're a bunch of inbred snaggletoothed hill people who are naturally inferior. They want society without measures for intelligence when it suits their needs, and one that does so at the same time. How is it that we can't test for intelligence, but if we put people through some kind of ideological strainer we can confer it?

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  4. The hilarious thing is they haven't yet changed "Princeton University" to "Royaltyton University".

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  6. Well let's make sure that at Princeton they don't use the word "woman," which contains the word "man," nor should the word "female" ever pass their lips because it contains the word "male." Oh, and by the way, they need to change the name of the school to something that is gender neutral because "Princeton" contains the word "Prince," which of course refers to a male.

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    1. But, but...Prince was a Black dude!

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  7. The REAL reason the FBI won't prosecute Hillary.

    "That evidence video was clearly shot through a Yale lock keyhole, and we are all Harvard men here."

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  8. And to fight the patriarchy, I saw a comment somewhere that modern feminist wimmin don't take their husband's surname when they get married, but keep their father's surname. Uhhhhhh....

    And as far as using “ze, zie and hir,” “they and theirs,” and “Ey, em, eir and emsel," how about include the fee, fie, foe, fum for those who identify as giants?

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