Purdue University Tells Students to Stop Using ‘Sexist’ Language With Words Containing ‘Man’

Purdue University is instructing its students to use “non-sexist” language in their writing assignments by making sure they don’t include words that have “man” in them — such as “congressman” or “mailman.”

An updated handout produced by the Indiana public research institution’s Online Writing Lab tells students to avoid “using language that is stereotypical or biased in any way.”

The guide explains that bias frequently occurs within the context of “gender” and highlights a number of words and phrases that it claims will “alienate” much of the students’ desired audience. The guide tells students that using such words or phrases will make their writing “much less effective.”

“Writing in a non-sexist, non-biased way is both ethically sound and effective,” the document explains. “Non-sexist writing is necessary for most audiences.”

The document lists “generic uses” of the word man that students should avoid that were originally provided by the National Council of Teachers of English.

“Although MAN in its original sense carried the dual meaning of adult human and adult male, its meaning has come to be so closely identified with adult male that the generic use of MAN and other words with masculine markers should be avoided,” the document states.

The guide advises that instead of using the word “mankind,” students should use words like “humanity,” “people,” and “human beings.”

Instead of using the phrase “man-made,” the school tells students to use words like “synthetic,” “manufactured” or “machine-made.”

As for the phrase “the common man,” students are instructed to use phrases like “the average person,” or “ordinary people.”

The document also lists a number of occupations that students should be aware of in their writings.

Instead of using the word “chairman,” the document calls for students to write the words “coordinator,” “moderator,” “head” or “presiding officer.”

Even words like “fireman,” “mailman” and “congressman” are deemed inappropriate by the document. Instead, students are instructed to use words like “mail carrier” and “firefighter” and “congressional representative.”

The guide also warns students against using phrases like “male nurse” and “woman doctor,” as well as “steward or stewardess.” Instead, the students should use the word “flight attendant.”

The Purdue OWL website surpassed 410 million page views in 2016.

According to the Washington Examiner, the website is seen as an “authoritative, non politicized source of information for writing and citation guidelines.”

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Source: Christian Post