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Faculty at Penn State Votes to Remove ‘Gendered’ and ‘Binary’ Terms

Faculty at Penn State Votes to Remove ‘Gendered’ and ‘Binary’ Terms

“The school, however, has remained noncommittal.”

This sort of thing used to be demanded by left-wing student groups. Now the faculty is doing it at some schools.

The College Fix reports:

Penn State faculty votes to remove ‘gendered, binary’ terms, but school noncommittal

In April, the Penn State University Faculty Senate passed a resolution to remove “gendered and binary” terms from Penn State course and program descriptions. But the school has not yet said whether it will adopt the resolution campus-wide.

The recommendations in the resolution suggest terms like “freshman,” “sophomore,” “junior,” and “senior” be replaced with “first-year,” “second-year,” “third-year,” and “fourth-year.” It would also replace the terms “underclassmen” and “upperclassmen” with “lower division” and “upper division.”

The resolution, which passed by a vote of 125-13, further recommends the school “move away from the use of gendered pronouns when referring to students, faculty, staff, and guests in course descriptions and degree program descriptions” by replacing “he/him/his and she/her/hers with they/them/theirs or use non-gendered terms such as student, faculty member, staff member, etc.”

“The University, as with most all academic institutions world-wide, has grown out of a typically male-centered world,” reads the faculty senate website. “As such, many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them. 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 parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns.”

The faculty recommend the school make these language changes to “recruiting materials, admissions materials, scholarship information, housing materials, other outward-facing documents, internal documents, and websites.”

The school, however, has remained noncommittal.


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nordic_prince | June 3, 2021 at 8:06 am

It seems that the faculty are showing themselves to be true sophomores – “wise fools” indeed.

First I was asked for my preferred pronouns. Now I can’t use any pronouns?

    henrybowman in reply to hrhdhd. | June 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    When authority asks you your preferences, it’s usually only to ensure they can ignore them.

In schools with graduate and professional schools, the terms “first-year” etc. are used for grad students, law students, med students, etc. The terms “freshman, sophomore” etc. are used for undergraduates. This change will mean that a “first-year” student will be ambiguous. It could mean either an undergrad or a grad student.

JoePerv Paterno and Paedophile State destroyed tens of thousands of children and their families by grooming and raping children, as JoePerv Paterno and Graham ‘Rambo’ Spanier did for decades.
Penn State, the ‘Sanctuary City for Paedophiles’, has for decades operated a child sex trafficking enterprise, grooming tens of thousands of innocent children for the sexual depravity of well connected politicians, wealthy donors, and high ranking university administrators, providing the university billions in profits. Penn State bribed the former FBI Director Louis Freeh to whitewash the scandal, and then delivered several young boys to former Democratic Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell for his hideous depravity in exchange for the early release of Pedophile State from NCAA sanctions. Newly unsealed documents revealed George Mitchell’s connection to Jeffrey Epstein…. Does the media/press possess the journalistic integrity to investigate the George Mitchell-Louis Freeh-Paedophile State-international child sex trade operation?

    RobScott in reply to FarOutWest. | June 12, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    The Vanity Fair link posted there is not working.
    I seek more info about this since – a counselor I knew is a Penn State graduate – he basically evaded assistance with therapy for sexual molestation history, summarily dismissed it (statutory rape) as “teenage curiosity”. Now I wonder if it was Par For The Course at Penn State University.

Given that Graham ‘Rambo’ Spanier, former Ped State President and registered sex offender, begins serving his prison sentence in July, the university has serious fundamental problems that noun placement cannot solve. The ‘Sanctuary City for Paedophiles’ must disinfect the President’s office and the Athletic Department from decades of child sex trafficking and kiddie porn.

So no more “womyns studies” or feminist literature or whatever they were calling it?

And is the science department changing it’s text books to conform to the lie?