The idea to try not to offend people is a noble one, but when is it enough? There seems to be new terms and phrases that offend a vocal minority but causes a significant change in the way we communicate.
Has it finally gone too far?
Princeton University is one of the most famous universities in the world. It has become a major focal point for the PC debate as new policy wants to remove “man” from almost all forms of communication. Under their new policy, Princeton has made some extreme changes to the vocabulary to “help” promote diversity.
While some of the changes are understandable, such as there is no need for the word “actress” as anyone in that chosen profession is simply an “actor”, and a “cameraman” should be a “camera operator”. Many eyebrows started to raise when the term “freshman” which has been used to describe new students has been changed to “first-year students” and the word “man” isn’t to be used at all. Instead of “man” employees are told to use the terms “human beings”, “individuals”, or simply “people”.
According to a statement released from Princeton, “HR has developed these gender inclusive style guidelines to be utilised by all HR staff members in HR communications, policies, job descriptions and job postings,” the memo from human resources reads.
“These communication guidelines reflect the inclusive culture and policies at Princeton University.”
These changes are not only effecting the staff of the university but also the students as students can now get in trouble for referring to fellow students as “he, she, her, or him” instead needing to refer to them in the plural “them, or they”
A New York-based lawyer told news.com.au “At this point, it’s practically a religion for some people.” He continues “But I certainly think it makes a big difference because administrators and people at the highest level are afraid that if they don’t do it, they will be targeted by one of these groups. They’ll become a pariah on campus, so I think it really does have an effect.”