“many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them”
How sophomoric of them. Thank you! I’ll be here all week. Try the veal!
Campus Reform reports:
Penn State faculty cancels ‘male-centric’ ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ labels
The Pennsylvania State University’s faculty senate passed “inclusive language” reform legislation.
“The University, as with most all academic institutions world-wide, has grown out of a typically male-centered world,” reads the resolution’s introduction. “As such, many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them.”
The resolution asserts that “terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist.” Terms such as “junior” and “senior” are supposedly “parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns.”
The resolution recommends that the university make “editorial updates to our course and program descriptions, which appear in the course catalog and bulletin, to remove gendered terms.”
“We suggest that the University consider changes to all written materials, including recruiting materials, admissions materials, scholarship information, housing materials, other outward-facing documents, internal documents, and websites,” the resolution states.
For instance, individuals at the university should “move away from the use of gendered pronouns when referring to students, faculty, staff, and guests in course descriptions and degree program descriptions.”
Such changes would take the form of replacing “he/him/his” and “she/her/hers” with “they/them/theirs” or “non-gendered terms such as student, faculty member, staff member.”
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