Some professors at the University of Missouri voluntarily participated in a workplace diversity seminar last week called “The Power of Words: Inclusive Language at Mizzou.”
According to The Blaze, the meeting encouraged staff members to approach colleagues who are using “inappropriate” and “non-inclusive” terminology and school them on how to keep it PC.
Here’s a list of terms the seminar deemed offensive, as well as how to identify people in an “inclusive” manner:
Rather than using the term “mentally ill,” instead say “person with a psychiatric disability.”
Rather than using the term “wheelchair-bound,” instead say the person is a “wheelchair user.”
If you’re unsure if someone wants to be referred to as a “she” or “he,” you can simply ask, “What pronouns do you use?” Failing that, you can always resort to ”gender-neutral pronouns” that include “they/them and ze/hir.”
When referring to an “immigrant” (an acceptable term), don’t use “alien” (a slur).
When an “underrepresented group” is made to feel “less than,” that group is being “minoritized.”
One guy in the comment section named stloocardsfan hit the nail on the head:
Instead of “alcoholic,” I prefer the term “beer consumer.”
They also have an official mascot – “The Gender Unicorn” – a downsy-looking purple thing with a DNA double helix on its (hir?) junk.
— Trans*Form Cymru (@TransFormCymru) July 14, 2015
According to the Gender Unicorn, you can be born a male, identify as a woman, express yourself as masculine, and be sexually attracted to men while being romantically/emotionally attracted to women.
Jesus. That can get confusing. College professors better start studying now..
[via The Blaze]
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