College releases “inclusive language” guide, labels “homosexual” offensive

Downtown Boston’s Emerson College recently published a reference directive called “Guidelines for Inclusive Language,” given the school’s new commitment to “an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity.”

In the school’s available “Bias Free Statement,” Emerson contends that those associated with the school “should avoid using language that is insensitive to cultural differences or that excludes or offends any group of people,” to include the term “homosexual.”

Included in the school’s ratified campus language guide are sections pertaining to persons with disabilities, ethnic and racial classifications, gender identities, proper use of pronouns, gender inclusive work titles, and a host of other topics.

In the byline titled, “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality,” Emerson suggests that the term “homosexual” is no longer a generally accepted term and, instead, promotes using “gay” and “lesbian.”

“Avoid the use of homosexual and homosexual relationship,” reads the guidebook.

As it speaks to disabilities, Emerson classifies using “wheelchair-bound person” as offensive, asking readers to use “person who uses a wheelchair.” In addition, the terms “stricken” and “victim” are no longer accepted verbiage.

Personal pronoun usage has also been revised, as Emerson College bluntly states its campus must “respect a person’s chosen personal pronoun.” The guidebook reads: “Some transgender and gender-expansive people identify as he, she, or ze but some may identify as both male and female or neither.”

The guidebook also devotes a section to convincing its readers to do away with pro-male work terms. For example, “mankind” is replaced by “humanity,” while “manpower” is exchanged for “workforce.”

The Emerson guidebook can be found here.

H/T: Campus Reform


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