Today, we visit the University of New Hampshire where, last week, the campus put out a language guide for incoming students.
"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.
Terms also considered problematic include: “elders,” “senior citizen,” “overweight,” “speech impediment,” “dumb,” “sexual preference,” “manpower,” “freshmen,” “mailman,” and “chairman,” in addition to many others.
According to the university’s website, the guide “is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.”
Does your brain hurt yet? It will.
The guide also discourages the use of “mothering” or “fathering,” so as to “avoid gendering a non-gendered activity.”
Even saying the word “healthy” is problematic, the university says. The “preferred term for people without disabilities,” the university says, is "non-disabled." Similarly, saying “handicapped” or “physically-challenged” is also problematic. Instead, the university wants people to use the more inclusive “wheelchair user,” or “person who is wheelchair mobile.”
Using the words “rich” or “poor” is also frowned upon. Instead of saying “rich,” the university encourages people to say “person of material wealth.” Rather than saying a person is “poor,” the university encourages its members to substitute “person who lacks advantages that others have” or “low economic status related to a person’s education, occupation and income.”
Yup. We're dealing with some serious thought control here. And while the campus stressed it's not mandatory, we all know that intense social pressure from authority might as well be mandatory.
Of course, the minute the campus got the slightest bit of attention on this, they folded like a cheap suit.
The language guide was scrubbed from the campus website and an apology was issued by the university here - http://unh.edu/unhtoday/statement-unh-president-mark-huddleston-bias-free-language-guide
However, what lives on the internet can never die and the Wayback Machine saved a snapshot of the language guide so you can see it in all its Social Justice Warrior glory.