Penn State aims to strike ‘sexist and classist’ terminology such as ‘freshman,’ ‘upperclassmen’

Penn State announced that they will be cleansing their woke dictionary of what they have deemed “sexist and classist” words.

Apparently, Penn State isn’t busy educating students but instead spending time deciding that pronouns like he/him/hers are deemed too sexist for the public Pennsylvania university. Instead, they are opting to replace these traditional pronouns with gender-neutral pronouns like they/them/theirs, as the Penn State Faculty Senate decided in an April meeting.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there. Traditional designations to describe one’s year in school like “freshman,” “sophomore,” “upperclassmen” and “underclassmen” are also planned to be swapped out for more neutral words that apparently make liberals feel safer like: “first year,” “second year,” “upper division” and “lower division.”

Not surprisingly, dividing the classes between “upper” and “lower” smells a lot like Marxist ideology, something the university is apparently comfortable with.

In light of Penn State’s cancellation of commonly used words one has to wonder: will there be any words left to describe anything by 2022?

The Preferred Name and Gender Identity Policy, approved by the Penn State University Faculty Senate on April 27 states, “it is time to close the loop and ensure that all people are not only able to choose their name & gender identity within our systems but that these documents and systems are also structured to be inclusive from the start.”

The “rationale” provided:

The University, as with most all academic institutions world-wide, has grown out of a typically male-centered world. As such, many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them. Terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist. Terms such as ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ are parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns.

 

The new terms also seem to present some logistical challenges as there are students who take longer than four years to complete their four-year degree. The resolution expressed concern that these students may be referred to as “super-seniors,” a term they claim has a negative connotation. Instead, they suggest that these students should be referred to as “advanced standing” students. They must have ruled out calling the long-term students “cash cows” as it would be offensive to livestock.

“We suggest that the University consider changes to all written materials, including recruiting materials, admissions materials, scholarship information, housing materials, other outward-facing documents, internal documents, and websites,” the committee recommended. “Under the purview of our committee, we make specific recommendations for editorial updates to our course and program descriptions, which appear in the course catalog and bulletin, to remove gendered terms.”

Ironically, the resolution recognizes that they aren’t able to remove gender-specific words completely, and gender terms “may need to remain intact, for example in the case of courses or degrees that delve into gender studies.” Although physical body parts are not sufficient grounds to draw the line between what is considered male and female, the resolution attempts to “delineate between the ‘academic’ study of these gendered terms.”

Unsurprisingly, the woke resolution was mocked by many on Twitter.


Others suggested that these types of policies might be a litmus test for choosing the “right” college.

This is all part of what seems to be snowballing narrative from universities, institutions that once valued a diversity of ideas and thoughts.

Last month, a Northwestern Univerity opinion editor wrote an op-ed claiming that the sidewalks were racist. The eye-roll-inducing editorial suggested that white people walk around campus as unknowing victims of white supremacy.

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