From the College Fix:
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?
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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