University Bans Terms 'Manpower' and 'Able-Bodied' over Fears of Offending Students
Wokeism sees ban on gendered language
Britain’s woke the University of Bristol has banned terms like “manpower," "mankind” and age-related nicknames like “millennial” and “baby boomer."
The reason for the ban was that students may find such “gendered” terms offensive.
Such “gendered” words will be replaced with politically correct alternatives like “workforce” and “humankind."
The Justin Trudeau-approved “peoplekind” appears to have been a bridge too far, are being cautioned against because the university believes they can cause offense and contribute to stigmas, according to GB News.
There is also concern with so-called “ableist” language, with the term “able-bodied” to be substituted for “non-disabled”, for example.
The University of Nottingham goes even further recommending against referring to a “blind spot” or the timeless expression “the request fell on deaf ears."
Bristol university have banned the use of the words ‘man power’ and ‘man kind’ because they’re offensive.— Sophie Corcoran 🇬🇧 (@sophielouisecc) July 8, 2022
THERE IS NOTHING OFFENSIVE ABOUT THAT.
The university states it “may associate impairments with negative things”.
“Lame” and “stupid” are also out.
Tory MP Nigel Mills said: “Free speech really is at risk because of these ridiculous ideas.”
“The idea that in a university people need to be dictated to in this way is really insulting to students and academics," Dr Joanna Williams of the University of Kent in comments quoted by BirminghamLive, which described her as an academic freedom advocate.
"We should be able to cope with words,” she added.
“These words have evolved over a long period of time and they don’t have sexist associations,” she insisted.
“Free speech really is at risk because of these ridiculous ideas,” added Nigel Mills, an MP for the Conservative Party, in comments quoted by The Sun.
Woke language edicts are present not just in universities but in venerable national institutions which might be expected to be intrinsically conservative, however.
The MI5, MI6, and GCHQ intelligence and security agencies have issued guidance urging people not to use words and phrases “that reinforce the dominant cultural patterns”, citing “strong” or “grip”, as cases in point.
Manehwile, the Royal Navy has issued language guidance every bit as woke as that of Bristol and Nottingham universities, banning terms like “manpower” and “unmanned” on grounds that such terms are “problematic or no longer appropriate” in the modern age.
Bristol Uni agrees, as its style guide reads: 'Avoid slang that associates a disability with a negative trait, such as 'falling on deaf ears', 'turning a blind eye' or 'the blind leading the blind'.'
The guide adds: 'Use the term "non-disabled" rather than "able-bodied" if you need to describe people without disabilities.'
Tory MP Nigel Mills told the Sun: "Free speech really is at risk because of these ridiculous ideas."
Both universities were contacted by MailOnline. Bristol refused to comment.
It comes after the University of York faced ridicule last month when it slapped a trigger warning on one of its archaeology courses - alerting students they may see images of human remains.