(Sue Bee) I live in the south. I wasn’t born here, but my family roots go deep into its red clay soil . I come from a cooler climate where the need for air conditioning is measured in weeks not months. Yes, I’m a Michigander , and as such I am familiar with liberal academia, and yes that would be the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan that hosted an art exhibit which charted the glamorous history of abortion. An exhibit that proudly stated, “Abortion is a gift of God, anything 46 million women do every year can’t be immoral.” Students leave their constructional rights at the door because the “Inclusive Language Campaign” cautions them not to say things that might hurt others feelings. Words like “crazy”, “illegal alien” or phrases such as “I want to die” and “that test raped me”. Yes , you could say I’ve seen PC “gone wild”.
But nothing in my 60 years prepared me for the University of North Carolina. The same U of N that has a feminist professor who believes women should form lifelong domestic partnerships with dogs instead of men. The U of N that hosted “Orgasm Awareness Week” in which a feminist group built a vibrator museum in the campus quad. And paid (yes paid! ) a porn star to give a speech on “safe sodomy”. The UNC- Wilmington where a feminist administrator sponsored an event that sold “I had an abortion” t-shirts and a workshop that taught students how to appreciate their orgasms. (It would seem that North Carolina thinks the rest of the world has not caught on to that orgasm thing.) I could go on but you get the picture. And now from its hallowed halls in Chapel Hill comes a writing guide that advises against using words with “man” in them. Created by the UNC Writing Center to “help people make informed choices and decisions about using gendered language. ” Examples include not using the words ”mailman“, “man-made”, “policeman” or “freshman” and instead use less offensive words such as, “person”, “individual” and “first year student”. The handout states, “Tackling gendered references…can be challenging, especially since there isn’t (and may never be) a universally agreed upon set of concrete guidelines.” I think we can see the truth in that statement since gender is now considered to be quite “fluid “. We all know Star Trek caved when they changed “where no man has gone before” to “ no one”. ( Why not “individual”, yea “where no individual has gone before.” Has a nice ring to it.)
The guide sites as an example “of using masculine pronouns to refer to subjects whose gender is variable”, nothing less than the U.S. Declaration of Independence . “All men are created equal”, is dismissed with “most readers no longer understand the word “man” to be synonymous with person.” Can we now expect this “aged “ and “out of step with the times” document to receive its long over due rewrite? Is “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” far behind?