University of Pittsburgh Bans 'Sexist Language' Including 'Secretary' & 'Clerk'
'Ombudsman,' 'mankind,' 'chairman' and 'freshman' make woke list of 'Language Not to Use'
If you've always felt too afraid to set foot on campus at the University of Pittsburgh in case you get triggered by language that is not "inclusive," then fear no more.
Officials at the Pennsylvania college have now declared that terms such as "secretary," "clerk," and "ombudsman" are considered "Sexist Language."
The university published its new guidelines which include a list of banned words that are now deemed "offensive."
The Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh unveiled the "Language Not to Use" list in the new "Gender-Inclusive/Non-Sexist Language Guidelines and Resources" page.
The page features a section titled "Terms to Use to Avoid Sexist Language."
The guide gives examples of "Sexist Language" that is considered "Language Not to Use" which includes "mankind," "chairman," "freshman," and "ladies and gentlemen."
Instead, the guidelines released by the university department recommended that "first-year student" should be used instead of "freshman."
"Administrator" must also be used instead of the "offensive" terms "Secretary/Clerk."
In a similar "Sexist Language" guide written by the University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, the term "stewardess" is considered "Sexist Language" as well.
The guide warns students they must use "flight attendant" instead.
Scott Kiesling, a linguistics professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an author of the guide, argued on the university website that people should use "non-sexist language" out of "politeness."
"Some people are asking you to be considerate of their wishes and sensibilities," Kiesling claims.
"In short, it's merely politeness -- politeness is about consideration for other people," he added.
Aidan Segal, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, pushed back against the new language rule,
He insists that the guidelines aren't necessary and are being pushed by "woke" officials due to the "optics."
"It's not necessary, but the university prostrates and virtue signals any chance they get if the optics are good enough," Segal said.
"I'll just continue rolling my eyes until I get my diploma."