According to the Washington Post “The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has removed the word “freshman” from official university documents, citing as their reason an attempt to adopt more ‘gender inclusive language’.”
Oh dear lord. It was only a few years back that the city of Miami renamed “Manhole Covers” to “Sewer Viewers” in an attempt to be more politically correct.
Doesn’t our government and schools have better things to do than spent time debating the name of a piece of steel or reprinting thousands of pages of school policies? With our country fighting wars, our economy is shambles, and our political figures unable to balance the budget, maybe UNC should focus more energy on the Economics Department.
Thankfully, my kids aren’t attending UNC, because I would be even more up in arms that the school was spending time – wasting time – changing a term that has been used since the 1600s, in order to spend what would be MY MONEY reprinting school policies.
What’s next? Will we no longer be allowed to say “Female” because is has the word male in it? Will the word “Woman” be banned for having the word man tacked on the end? Should we have more sense than to waste our most valuable resource, our time, being so politically correct?
Most black people aren’t “African-American”
Short people aren’t “Vertically Challenged”
Handicapped people aren’t “Handy-Capable”
Short people will always be “short”. I will always be “fat”. First-year college students will always be “Freshmen”. Humans without a penis will always be “Female”.
None of these terms are sexist. None of these terms are derogatory. They are english words that have been used far longer than political correctness has been around and our government, schools, and society in general should worry less about who might be offended by a word and more about solving real problems.
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