Princeton University Kindly Requests You Stop Using “Gender-Binary” Hate Speech Like “Freshman”
For those of you, like us, who are constantly putting your foot in your mouth withhighly offensive terms like “businessman” instead of “businessperson” or “freshman” instead of “first-year student,” Princeton University has published the perfect pamphlet to help you develop a more “gender-inclusive” vocabulary. As Princeton points out, “gender-inclusive” language is much preferred to the traditional “gender-binary” language used by people in ancient times who largely identified as men OR women. Can you imagine? How could they live in such an unsafe space?
For those of you who are still unsure if your language is “gender-inclusive” compliant, Princeton offers the following definitions:
Gender-inclusive language is writing and speaking about people in amanner that does not use gender-based words.
Gender binary is the traditional view on human gender, which does not take into consideration individuals who identify as otherwise, including and not limited to transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and/or intersex.
Princeton also provides a number of helpful tools in the pamphlet, like the one below, which offers helpful “gender-inclusive” alternatives to traditional hate-speech terminology like “fireman,” “freshman,” “anchorman,” and “headmistress.” – READ MORE