Purdue writing guide says avoid use of words with ‘man’

Purdue writing guide says avoid use of words with ‘man’

August 30, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


WAS MAN EXPLAINING TO CANADIANS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT USE THE WORD MANKIND AND THE U.S. SCHOOL AGREES. WRITING GUIDE AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY ACCREDITED SCHOOL APPARENTLY TELLS STUDENTS TO AVOID WORDS LIKE MAILMAN AND MANKIND IN ORDER TO HAVE NONSEXIST NON-BIASED WRITING. CATHY AREU IS FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER OF CATALINA MAGAZINE AND SHE THINK SHE AGREES. SHE JOINS US TONIGHT. CATHY, GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>HI, GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>Tucker: I HAVE GOT TO SAY LECTURING US ABOUT SEXISM WHILE YOU ARE SITTING RIGHT NOW IN MANHATTAN.>>MANHATTAN. WE NEED TO RENAME THE CITY THEN.>>Tucker: YEAH.>>THE BIG APPLE. THE BIG APPLE WOULD BE LESS OFFENSIVE. I WOULD BE SITTING IN THE APPLE NOT MANHATTAN.>>Tucker: WHY SHOULD THE POST OFFICE DELIVER MAIL.>>IT’S M-A-I-L THAT’S OKAY. IF IT’S M-A-L-E THAT’S THE PROBLEM.>>Tucker: IT’S NOT SPELLING IT’S GENDER INCLUSIVE. MALE IS OFFENSIVE. WE JUST LEARNED THAT.>>I DON’T THINK THEY ARE INCLUDING THAT BUT THEY ARE SAYING THAT SOCIETY HAS CHANGED AND TIMES ARE CHANGING AND WE DON’T WANT TO BE OFFENSIVE IN OUR LANGUAGE. AND THEY ARE TRYING AND THEY ARE TRY TG AND THEY ARE TRY TO BE NONSEXIST AND NON-BIASED AND THAT MEANS TRYING TO TAKE THE WORD MAN OUT. INSTEAD OF MAN MADE IT WOULD BE SYNTHETIC. INSTEAD OF MAILMAN IT WOULD BE MAIL CARRIER. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO GO AROUND IT INSTEAD OF HUMANITY YOU SAY –>>MAILMAN HAS MAIL IN IT?>>M-A-I-L.>>CAN YOU CHANGE A VOWEL BUT IT SOUNDS THE SAME. HAS THAT DREADED WORD THAT SENDS PEOPLE SHRIEKING FOR SAFE SPACE MALE.>>THINK ARE SAYING MAN. MAN IS THE WORD THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO AVOID. THEY ARE SAYING THAT THE WORD MAN IS ASSOCIATED WITH ADULT MEN AS OPPOSED TO JUST HUMANITY OR HUMANS. SO, THEY ARE TRYING TO AVOID THE WORD MAN SO IF WE COULD ELIMINATE THAT WORD, THEN THINGS WOULD BE MUCH BETTER AND PEOPLE WOULD BE LESS ONGEGDED. OFFENDED.>>Tucker: WHAT IF YOU LIVED IN MANCHESTER, VERMONT.>>THEY MIGHT HAVE TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE CITY IF PEOPLE AGREE WITH PURDUE UNIVERSITY. AND PURDUE UNIVERSITY FOUND THAT THINGS NEED TO BE UPDATED AND THEY UPDATED THEIR WRITING GUIDE TO TAKE OUT THESE WORDS THAT APPARENTLY ARE OFFENDING CERTAIN GROUPS OF PEOPLE.>>Tucker: SO, OKAY, JUST TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND THE RULE. IF SOMETHING OFFENDS SOMEBODY, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NEVER MET THAT PERSON, PERSONALLY.>>RIGHT.>>Tucker: YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IT. SO DOESN’T THAT MEAN THAT A SMALL GROUP OF SUPER UNHAPPY PEOPLE GET TO CONTROL WHAT THE REST OF US SAY AND THINK?>>PERHAPS THEY ARE AHEAD OF THEIR TIME. MAYBE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS OFFENDING A SMALL GROUP BUT THE GROUP IS GOING TO GET LARGER AND TIMES ARE CHANGING. AND OUR LANGUAGE IS DYNAMIC. WEBSTER KEEPS ADDING NEW WORDS IN THE DICTIONARY. SO OUR LANGUAGE NEEDS TO CHANGE. AND A TERM THAT USED TO BE NON-OFFENSIVE LIKE MAN MADE AND MAILMAN NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.>>Tucker: I GET THAT I GUESS THE QUESTION FOR ME IS WHO GUESS TO DECIDE WHAT CHANGES AND WHAT DOESN’T? FOR EXAMPLE I THINK I HAVE NOW DECIDED THE MOST OFFENSIVE WORD IN THE LANGUAGE IS COLLEGE PROFESSOR. BECAUSE TO ME THAT CAN A NOTES DUMBNESS AND MISUSE OF POWER AND TENURE. RIGHT ANDED ME 00 CREDIT AT THIS SO MAYBE EDIS SO MAYBE ANIS SO MAYBE ANDS SO MAYBE AND MSO MAYBE AND MED MAYBE AND MEDIOAYBE AND MEDIOCRBE AND MEDIOCRITY.COULD I PULL THAT AND MEDIOCRITY.COULD I PULL THAO AND MEDIOCRITY.COULD I PULL THAF AND MEDIOCRITY.COULD I PULL THA?>>IF YOU HAVE A WRITING GUIDE PERHAPS AND YOU PUT THAT OUT THERE AND PEOPLE AGREE WITH YOU THEN, YEAH, MAYBE, MAYBE THAT BOO MAYBE, MAYBE THAT WOO MAYBE, MAYBE THAT WOULD FLY. THE UNIVERSITY BACKED THEM THEY HAVE A WRITING GUIDE THAT NOW IS GOING TO TEACH US HOW TO NOT OFFEND.>>Tucker: BUT DO YOU THINK THEY I HAVE THE GUTS, I MEAN, IT’S ONE THING TO BULLY THE LITTLE RICH KIDS WHO GO TO YOUR SCHOOL BECAUSE LIKE WHAT DO THEY KNOW?>>THIS IS INDIANA. THIS IS THE HEART OF AMERICA.>>Tucker: OF COURSE. IF YOU ARE PAYING LIKE 60 GRAND OR WHATEVER IT IS FOR LIKE THE FAKE DIPLOMA YOU GET, YOU KNOW, AND YOU ARE NOT WORKING, OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE PRIVILEGE BY DEFINITION. NO MATTER WHO IS PAYING FOR IT.>>OKAY.>>Tucker: EASY TO BOSS THEM AROUND. DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD HAVE THE GUTS TO GO TO GOLDMAN SACHS IN NEW YORK AND SAY CHANGE YOUR NAME NOW OR ELSE?>>THEY PROBABLY WOULDN’T SHOP THERE. THEY PROBABLY WOULDN’T SHOP THERE.>>Tucker: WHAT IF HE WERE SHOPPING AT GOLDMAN SACHS. WILL.>>THE NAME MAN IS ADULT MALE AND WE NEED TO CHANGE IT LIKE WO-MAN HAS THE WORD MAN IN THERE. JUST CALL US A PERSON.>>Tucker: SO GOLD PERSON SAX? WOULD THAT BE BETTER.>>I THINK. SO I’M LESS OFFENDED, YES.>>Tucker: BY THE WAY, WHAT IF YOU JUST — SINCE THE RULE IS IF YOU SPELL IT AND I WILL STOP WITH THIS BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS ANGELS ON THE HEAD OF A PENDANT. IF YOU SPELLED MAN DIFFERENTLY LIKE MAA SO IT’S LIKE MAILMAN BUT MAAN.>>PROFESSIONS MALE DOMINATED BUT THEY CHANGED. SPELLING MAILMAN DIFFERENTLY DOESN’T APPLY. PROFESSION NOW APPLIES FOR MEN AND WOMEN OR PERSONS. ALL PEOPLE. NO MAN NEEDED. IN THE WORLD WOMAN.>>CALL ME A PERSON. I WOULD BE LESS OFFENDED. NO NEED FOR WOMAN. YEAH.>>Tucker: IN THE END THE REVOLUTION OFTEN EATS