new·speak –ˈn(y)o͞oˌspēk/ – noun
ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda
Princeton University, the private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, has just taken “politically correct” language to new extremes. The school announced this week that the are removing all gender-based terminology from official texts as well as instituting guidelines for how to address someone of a different gender.
According to the new politically correct guidelines, the word ‘man’ is no longer part of the Princeton vocabulary.
According to the new guidelines:
Gender-inclusive language is writing and speaking about people in a manner that does not use gender-based words.
Gender binary is the traditional view on human gender, which does not take into consideration individuals who identify as otherwise, including and not limited to transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and/or intersex.
While it’s certainly necessary to include those who identify with a non-binary gender, eviscerating the English language is by no means an effective way of doing so.
However, that is exactly what they did. Princeton’s Human Resources and Office of Communications issued a four-page memo filled with examples of gender-neutral terminology that must now be used in official school documents, such as:
- The word “actress” should be replaced by “actor.”
- A “cameraman” must now be called a “camera operator.”
- There will be no more references to a “cleaning lady,” but instead an “office cleaner.”
- New students are no longer “freshmen” but rather “first-year students.”
- A “mailman” no longer delivers letters or packages, because that’s the work now of a “mail carrier,” “letter carrier” or “postal worker.”
- Nothing is to ever be done for the betterment of “mankind” but instead for “humanity,” “human kind” or simply “people.”
- A “waiter” or “waitress” will no longer dish out grub, as that’s now the work of a “server.”
- An “average man” is now an “average person” or “ordinary person.”
It gets worse.
Students will no longer refer to other students as he, she, her, or him. In their guidelines, students are given ‘tips’ on how to properly scrub these very descriptive words from their vocabulary.
Replace gendered pronouns, e.g., he, him, his, and she, her, hers, by rewriting the text in the plural.
Example: Each participant must present his ID badge at the door.
Revised: All participants must present their ID badges at the door.
One of the most asinine changes in the school’s policy is the removal of the word freshman. Women, men, and transgendered alike, have long referred to the first year college as their freshman year — followed by sophomore, junior, and senior and no one was hurt. However, thanks to the new ‘gender-neutral guidelines, freshman and freshmen no longer exist.
Studetns are to now refer to freshman as first-year students.
Below is a list of more of the changes.
While this may seem well-intentioned, the very idea of removing words from vocabulary, that happen to be highly effective at describing situations, is as absurd as it is Orwellian.
Newspeak is the politically correct fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace.
By attempting to be all-inclusive, Princeton has effectively rendered self-expression and individuality impotent. Gender as a descriptive trait is no longer an option on Princeton’s campus.
Everyone has been forced into the safe and non-threatening gender neutral — collective.
“When you are writing about people in general, many of your professors will expect you to use ‘inclusive’ or ‘nonsexist’ language, that is, gender-neutral language,” Marquette’s website states, adding that many people find non-neutered language “not only inaccurate but offensive.”
Telling people what words they can and can’t say to ‘protect’ others is chilling and nothing short of censorship. Freedom of speech does not come with terms and conditions as words alone, less the obvious yelling “fire” in a movie theater, cannot cause physical harm.
The act of being offended is a choice taken by those who hear certain words. Limiting or changing language does nothing to stop someone from offending in another manner or being offended.
Before his death in 2008, George Carlin wrote a book titled, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, in which he blasted everything from the dumbing down of America to the politically correct police.
In his book, Carlin explains how being politically correct is actually intolerance disguised as tolerance.
Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people’s language with strict codes and rigid rules. I’m not sure that’s the way to fight discrimination. I’m not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech.
In the short excerpt below, Carlin explains just how slippery of a slope, the PC police can lead us down. It’s important that we get past ‘being offended’ and move on to true tolerance — one that allows for the voicing of any opinion — no matter how ‘offensive’ it might be.