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Don't say 'man' on campus: Biological language deemed offensive by Ivy Leaguers

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(NaturalNews) Those who inhabit our country's highest academic institutions have completely lost their minds with political correctness, so much so that now they refuse to even acknowledge that there are two distinct genders within the human race (not three, four or seven).

As reported by The College Fix, a news site that tracks and reports on ridiculous, mind-blowing, hysterical Left-wing policies pursued on today's campuses, Princeton University, founded in 1746 in New Jersey, has recently implemented a policy forbidding the use of gender-specific language like "man" and "woman," "he" and "her."

The policy appears aimed mostly at men. And instead of "man," students and faculty are advised to use the words human beings, individuals or people.

That's not all. Other guidelines contained in the four-page memo involve the use of the term "man and wife," which should be changed to spouses or partners. "Man made" should be replaced with artificial, handmade or manufactured. Use of the verb "to man," as in to work or staff something, is out; use of the term operator or to staff should be implemented instead. And there is no more "workmanlike," as it has to be replaced with skillful.

And so on. As is the case with all Left-wing speech police recommendations, the term used to describe the changes – because the university wants to be "inclusive" – is actually the university being exclusive. Banning or barring the use of certain gender identifiers is not "inclusive," no matter how many times an Ivy League academic pretends that it is.

Speech police are inventing genders and language out of thin air

But the new guidelines also venture into the language absurd.

The memo also lists several occupations that have traditionally included the word "man" in them, offering replacements for each: businessperson instead of businessman; firefighter instead of fireman; ancestors instead of forefathers; and so on.

"Consistent with style guidelines issued by Princeton's Office of Human Resources and Office of Communications, and as endorsed by the Institutional Equity Planning Group as a preferred University practice, HR has developed these gender inclusive style guidelines, to be utilized by all HR staff members in HR communications, policies, job descriptions, and job postings," the memo states.

In a statement, Princeton's director of media relations, John Cramer, told The College Fix that the new guidelines are a reflection of the institution's effort to be ..."inclusive."

Of course. Even the Left's pained explanation for its speech codes contain pre-approved verbiage and speech codes.

But Princeton's school-wide effort to redefine speech and gender isn't enough. Extremists at the university's LGBT Center have published their own gender speech guide, complete with fabricated pronouns someone, somewhere, has created out of thin air. None of the pronouns are gender-specific, and in fact if most people heard them used they would either conclude that the user was daft or poking fun.

The guide is aimed at those who identify as "transgender, genderqueer, and other gender-variant" classifications. It suggests using "ze, zie and hir," "they and theirs," and "Ey, em, eir, and emself."

You can't make this stuff up – although, apparently someone did.

Ignore reality and do what we say

Princeton isn't the only university insisting on this speech and gender aberration. The College Fix noted that last year the University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and Included made similar suggestions, asking students to use the pronouns ze, xe, hir, hirs and zirs, along with others for the tiny minority of people who have difficulty identifying with any sex.

And the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Writing Center has also developed a lengthy list of words that purveyors of PC speech have concluded are potentially biased or offensive – to include "freshman" – so that students avoid using them when writing.

Needless to say all of this has free speech advocates in an uproar, as should be the case. If someone voluntarily wants to use "gender-neutral speech," that is their prerogative. Forcing someone to do so is another matter.

But there is this as well: Redefining what it means to identify and speak to specific genders is not a rational exercise because it requires us to ignore reality and surrender to authoritarianism – neither of which is good for a constitutional republic.





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