“the elite Massachusetts institution’s Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center, which compiled the list”
Doesn’t it seem like maintaining a list like this is the opposite of what you would do if you really wanted to encourage people to think for themselves?
The New York Post reports:
Woke Brandeis University expands list of words, phrases to avoid using
A newly expanded list of language to avoid using at one ultra-woke college now warns against joking about obsessive-compulsive disorder — unless you’ve actually been diagnosed with it.
More than a dozen words and phrases have been added to Brandeis University’s widely mocked compendium of “violent” and “identity-based” terminology ahead of the start of its fall semester on Thursday.
But the elite Massachusetts institution’s Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center, which compiled the list, also notes that what “may be offensive for an outsider to say might be acceptably used by a member of that group.”
The additions include, “‘I’m so OCD’ (outside of actually having OCD).”
The PARC’s “suggested alternative” — for those who don’t “actually” have OCD — is “I’m very organized, detailed oriented.”
Meanwhile, the staffers and students who run the PARC even washed out their own mouths earlier this month, changing the name of the “Oppressive Language List” to the “Suggested Language List.”
A footnote on the introductory webpage says that “we retitled this list to center the suggested alternatives rather than the words and phrases that may cause harm.”
The new additions also include “whipped into shape,” which PARC says can evoke “imagery of enslavement and torture.”
Instead, students and staffers at the school in Waltham — which charges more than $76,000 a year for tuition, room and board, and a mandatory “activity fee” — are advised to say “organize,” “spruce up” or “put in order.”
A new collection of “violent idioms about animals” contains “more than one way to skin a cat,” “killing two birds with one stone” and “beating a dead horse.”
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