[lg policy] North Carolina State Students Will Be PUNISHED For ‘Sexist’ Language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 19:18:58 UTC 2015

NC State Students Will Be PUNISHED For ‘Sexist’ Language


By Blake Neff

A professor at North Carolina State University is warning students in her
gender studies class to refrain from using any “sexist language” in their
writing, or else face penalties to their grades.

The sexism that professor Nancy Bishop hopes to squelch includes words such
as “mankind” and the word “he” when used to describe a non-gendered person.

“Thanks to evolution, generalized pronouns and other biased references are
no longer acceptable in any class,” warns Bishop in a syllabus obtained by
The College Fix <http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/24025/>. “You may *NOT* use
‘he’ or ‘him’ or ‘man’ to refer to both men and women. ‘Mankind’ can be
replaced by ‘humans’ or ‘humankind,’ and ‘he’ can be ‘she or he.’”

The College Fix reached out to Bishop to ask why she was pursuing such a
strict language policy. Bishop replied by saying the rules were necessary
for proper “time management” and to prevent more significant slurs against

“When addressing women in an academic setting—especially an online one [the
class is online-only], some students feel that by being behind a computer
keyboard they are ‘free’ to address women and even women addressing men as
something other than what is really respectful,” Bishop told them. “I have
had students call women ‘bitches’ and ‘gold digging ho’s’ or label women as
‘maid’s or the dishwasher,’” she said.

Bishop argued that with strict rules she will spend less time “putting out
fires” while also training students that they can “live and function in a
world without sexism.”

Bishop’s approach is hardly unprecedented at colleges these days. At
Washington State University, one faculty member has abolished use of the
word “female,” while another has threatened to slash students’ grades if
they ever use the term “illegal alien.” *(RELATED: Taxpayer-Funded
Professors Censor Words ’Female,’ ‘Illegal Alien’)

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