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. “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 women.
“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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