The University of Wisconsin- River Falls has initiated new requirements that ban the use of ‘potentially oppressive’ words.
The new educational campaign, called, “Check Yourself,” has highlighted a list of terms that are no longer acceptable in the educational environment. The list includes “you guys,” “ugly,” “illegal alien,” “bitch,” and “crazy.” The purpose of the program is said to help students learn about oppression and language.
The UW- River Falls campaign explained:
“Sometimes we say things without realizing the impact they may have on others. Take time to educate yourself about language and the histories of oppression. This list is not extensive, but touches on common identities and concepts. Read them. Consider them. Understand them. And Check Yourself before you use them.”
The guide-book to speaking also includes a section on the importance of never asking about a transgender person’s identity or offering information that is gender-orientated about anyone when asked. The guide deems this sort of “innocuous” behavior as “inappropriate.”
The guide touches upon the indecency of words referring to female genitalia while suggesting: “Using words that refer to people with vaginas to express that someone is weak or emotional dehumanizes women and perpetuates misogyny and sexism.” Unsurprisingly, the section on utilizing words referring to male genitalia is non existent.
After the section on the word “bitch,” the guide asks students to never use the term “illegal alien.” This term, it is believed, reduces undocumented immigrants to an echelon less than that of a human, degrading their status.
Other words like “ugly,” and “fat-ass,” are prohibited, simply because words of this valor have the capability to hurt one’s feelings, which “can’t be tolerated.”
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