“American,” “illegal alien,” “foreigners,” “mothering,” and “fathering” are just a handful of words deemed “problematic” by the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide. According to the university’s website, the guide “is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.” Terms also considered problematic include: “elders,” “senior citizen,” “overweight,” “speech impediment,” “dumb,” “sexual preference,” “manpower,” “freshmen,” “mailman,” and “chairman,” in addition to many others.
This is really starting to approach the medieval religious conundrum of how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. Or as O’Reilly would say, UNH is becoming a community of pinheads. Once again, “the Academy” shows its illiberal and, in the case of “American”, it’s anti-American bias. Sorry eggheads, but in your angelic pursuit being inclusive, how inclusive is it to make your country a dirty word?
I AM your elder (but not quite a senior citizen, tho my hair be grey (Praise God, it ain’t loose – oh, gotta look to see if naming God is a no-no, too), am overweight (altho no longer fat – bet that word is in there too!). When I talk, I’ve been known to have speech impediments like stuttering from time to time and certainly too many oohs and ahhs and er’s on GrokTALK! And yes, I was called a dumb freshman in both high school and college, and I have been a Chairman from time to time in various organizations. Gosh, how did I EVAH make it through all that. Tough, I’ll tell you. But it gets worse….they want to euphemism us to death:
The guide defines words such as “homosexual” as “problematic,” offering “Same Gender Loving” as a more inclusive substitute. Similarly, a lack of gender-neutral bathrooms is, according to the university, “ciscentrism.” The university defines “ciscentrism” as “[a] pervasive and institutionalized system that places transgender people in the ‘other’ category and treats their needs and identities as less important than those of cisgender people.” “Ciscentrism,” according to the university, “includes the lack of gender-neutral restrooms, locker rooms, and residences.”
Yeah, Bathroom Bob all over again. Only in PC land would this kind of redefinition be accepted for not-nonsense. And then we come back to more of the same, circling back to the idea that we are NOT to be proud of being an American:
Saying “American” to reference Americans is also problematic. The guide encourages the use of the more inclusive substitutes “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.” The guide notes that “American” is problematic because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].” (The guide doesn’t address whether or not the terms “Canadians” and “Mexicans” should be abandoned in favor of “Residents of Canada” and “Residents of Mexico,” respectively.)
So, being proud of one’s country is verboten – this is ObamaSpeak that no one is special because everyone is exceptional (and this keeps on going with the premise that everyone deserves a trophy). No, this is worse – this IS like Obama where the Leftist academy believes just as their Commander-in-Chief does: there is NOTHING special about America, and at best, should be at the bottom of the heap.
And yet, most of the bureaucrats and professors that put this screed together live off the “fat of the land” made possible only because America has been great, rich, and power. Go ahead, let me pick out your new home country and let’s see how long this worldview lasts, denizens of yon Ivory Tower.
The guide clarifies that saying “illegal alien” is also problematic. While “undocumented immigrant” is acceptable, the guide recommends saying “person seeking asylum,” or “refugee,” instead. Even saying “foreigners” is problematic; the preferred term is “international people.”
In other words, use any words possible to keep from having ANYONE think “Oh, this person broke the Law”. And it also shows their Post-American outlook with that “international people”. Like I said, it would be easy for you all to be “internationalized” – lead from the front and go? Oh, too comfortable in that chair? And here we go again with the “misgendering” silliness:
The Bias-Free Language Guide includes a link to the university’s “Gender Pronouns Guide,” which the university appears to have borrowed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. UNH offers the guide as “a starting point for using pronouns respectfully.” The Gender Pronouns Guide uses a chart to explain how to use “nonbinary pronouns” such as spivak pronouns or ze/zie/hir sets. For example, instead of saying the sentence “their eyes gleam” (using binary pronouns), the sentence would become “hir [pronounced identically to “here,” and “hear”] eyes gleam.” Nonbinary pronouns, the guide explains, “are often used by trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people.”
So what’s more important – studying what’s important in my major or being indoctrinated in being a model PC person (and at the same time, allowing someone ELSE determine what my worldview should be by tampering with the language? After all, control the language and you control the thoughts that can be thought of – no words with which to express something, you can’t think it. And each and everyone of these truth-replacement words is a manipulation, not just of the language, but a manipulation of YOU and what/how you think).
Again, they are manipulating you – you gonna stand for that or are you going to be a beta male about it and accept your thrashing by self-important (because they are self-appointed (or just scream the loudest)) no-nothings who only are cheap imitations of your middle-school hall monitors or teacher’s pets?
We are all supposed to put up with a mere percentage or so of the population in bending our common language all out of shape because someone doesn’t like what they are or wants to constantly wants to change themselves?? Again, just leave most of us alone – we have more important things to worry about like food on the table, keeping jobs, making sure the roof stays over our heads, the kids are growing up right – we just have other things to take care of instead of worry about your precious feelings. Man up (and that includes any and all of your gender flexibility or unknowns); you just aren’t that important to the rest of us because you are way down our totem poles of importance. We just don’t care what your name is, your pronouns are, or your problems. Just don’t make us your problem – we have enough already.
And of course, the whole ludicrous idea that one cannot be offended while in such hallowed halls of frivolity and thinness of thought raises its shaggy pointy head:
In addition to the guides on bias-free language and gender pronouns, the university also offers faculty training to combat microaggressions. The training, the university says, “explores the danger of microaggressions and the cumulating effects on those being discriminated against.”
These are supposed to hurt my soul? I learned to accept offense without it torqueing me off all the time. That’s called
Growing up, you responsibility addled children
Seems to be something that is lacking for these precious little snowflakes – I DO wonder if they really are such fragile souls, why would UNH have ever accepted them in the first place? Or why Mommy and Daddy let them out of the basement in the first place and afflict them on the rest of us.
Hey parents, is this why you pay the big bucks to UNH?
Heck, I’dv yanked my kids if they had gone to UNH and absorb this crap because *I* certainly never coddled my kids this way growing up and I’d never give money to somebody else to do what I refused to do. This is infantilizing them – I taught my kids to be responsible adults (still have to from time to time but then again, Mom said I’d never stop being a parent).
So WHY do we send these UNH pinhead, nitwits, and speech totalitarians our tax money at ALL? THIS is what college is about – a roundabout way of implementing Orwell’s 1984’s doublespeak (and therefore, doublethink which is to say, “no think” at all)?
Is this what UNH has fallen to: The College of Indoctrination? ‘Cause this is not politeness – this is a tragedy of the language and violence on the freedom of thought.
Boy, this is gonna be the gift that keeps on giving!
(H/T: Campus Reform)
Oh yeah, doesn’t this just take the cake. If you go over to that Bias whatever, they quote the same Leftist that believes YOUR children don’t belong to you:
In a democracy, recognition matters. Everyone wants to be seen as who they are. If they are not, then it’s impossible for them to enjoy the experience of being full citizens.
Completely wrong – if your sense of who you are is set by how you think everyone sees you 24/7, you are going to have a tough, tough life. Who you are is what you think of yourself. Yes, partly that comes from others, but flip it – sometimes a negative outlook from others should serve as a message to fly right – or they are trying to keep you from flying straight down. Citizenship has NOTHING to do with others’ impressions – citizenship “just is” just like dignity is innate and not confurred by anyone else.
And my kids are STILL my responsibility and not some faceless people I don’t know.