Cardiff University told students and staff to avoid gendered words like “sportsmanship” and “manpower,” also saying that “first name” or “forename” is preferable to “Christian name.”

The inclusive-language guidelines, which have been in place for a few years but were first reported by the Telegraph Thursday, are an effort to “promote fairness and equality through raising awareness about potentially discriminatory vocabulary.”

The guidelines offer a litany of advice, warning students and staff to avoid gendered language. It specifically mentions dozens of words to avoid, also offering broad guidelines about how to talk about disabled or transgender people.

Cardiff University does appear to take the policy one step further, though. Most colleges say their inclusive-language guidelines are merely recommendations. But at Cardiff, students who use banned words and phrases could face discipline under the university’s bullying and harassment policy, while employees may also face repercussions, the Daily Mail reported.

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As a college graduate (and a Dean's Scholar, upon graduation), this smacks of political correctness run amuck to me, and of the highest magnitude.

As a person who wants to be sensitive, gentle, and kind to everyone I meet, and talk with people in a loving, and empowering way, I would find myself very annoyed for having inadvertently used "the wrong words" in class to describe something, and get written up, and fined for that.

But even worse, we are setting up kids attending college to be "victims", who become very adept at at manipulating others with their victimhood and constant "outrage" at this, that, or the other minor issue, instead of being able to look at the "big picture" of what is going on this world, and if they don't like it, understand how to concretely advocate for positive change.

This constant yammering about "politically correct" language is, I believe, what magicians call "misdirection", and it takes young peoples' eyes off the prize of finding an educational path which will lead to a decent job, even as the introduction of AI and robotic production are changing the entire definition of work as we know it as I type this.

Have I, at my age, had to deal with some kind of sexism or objectification as a woman?!? Of course, I have; but the question is, how do you handle it?!? And for me, the answer was becoming very good at what I do; to be able to work on my own, and command a decent hourly wage for what I do, and work for clients who respect what I do for them.

Simply put, I have found a way to live my life which doesn't involve being a victim, or feeling sorry for myself; I define myself by the choices I make every day, and if those choices are good, the outcome will be good also.


Refusing Victim-hood


I so agree with you Claire. As an immigrant, woman and in a male dominated field of employment at the outset of the women's lib movement, I was then, and even more so in later years, always amazed at the women who complained about their victimhood. I simply did not feel victimized and always wondered about their complaints.

What I noticed, once aware of it was and still is, that many of the women who complained not only were looking for something to complain about, but most of all, they often brought on situations that caused them to claim discrimination.

What so many of the 'victimized' women who complained never seem to notice was that men in similar positions or with similar workloads experienced same conditions, only they did not complain and realized that it was part of the job and had nothing to do with discrimination.

But, if you look for situations, you'll find them.
My major complaint about the women's lib movement is that the radicals, (feminazis) with their stupid assertions RUINED a lot for women.
I liked it when a man opened a door, walked on the curb side and offered help and I DID THANK THEM for their courtesy just as I thanked women and children for it and still do.

And, while I'm at it, did that sexual freedom really bring happiness to the women? Are today's women happier than their grandmothers were?
I don't see it.

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