A Catholic University Wants Students To Avoid Saying ‘Husband’ And ‘Wife’


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A language guide posted by a Catholic university suggests that students use “spouse” or “significant other” instead of “husband” and “wife,” according to a Thursday report.

The University of Dayton in Ohio features the guide on the Women’s Center section of its site, reported The College Fix. The guide follows a layout of “instead of saying this…try saying this” and gives recommendations for gender-neutral alternatives to roughly two dozen words.

Along with proposing other words for “husband” and “wife,” the university recommends replacing “mankind” with “humankind” or “society.”

While other schools have also taken issue with such words, the University of Dayton goes further, suggesting replacing “manpower” with “workforce” or “labor” and substituting “representative” or “legislator” for “congressman” and “congresswoman.”

The school denied that its gender-inclusive lexicon constituted a “guide” or “advisory,” instead referring to it as an “educational resource.”

“It is an educational resource geared to assist those who prefer to use gender inclusive language as well as those who wish to avoid assuming the gender of an individual being discussed,” the university told The College Fix.


While the University of Dayton suggests vocabulary changes on the basis of gender, the University of Washington, Tacoma declares grammar “racist.” (RELATED: College Writing Center Declares American Grammar A ‘Racist,’ ‘Unjust Language Structure’)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the school for further comment, but received none in time for press.

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