Cardiff University in the UK has banned gendered words like “manpower”, “sportsmanship” and said that “Christian name” should be replaced with “first name” or “fore name”
The new inclusive language guidelines are geared towards “promote fairness and equality through raising awareness about potentially discriminatory vocabulary”. Although they have been in place for a few years, they were first reported by the Telegraph Thursday.
Even though most Western schools recently rolled out similar policies, Cardiff’s policy is one step ahead; students and employees using the banned words will face discipline under the University’s Bullying and Harassment Policy, unlike other Western Universities whose policies are mere recommendations.
The Heat Street reports:
In statements to the British press, Cardiff insisted that it was upholding both academic freedom and promoting a campus atmosphere free of discrimination.
Cardiff University is far from the only place to implement a so-called inclusive language policy. In December, the University of Sussex in England advised professors not to assume students’ gender, while in January, the doctors’ trade union, the British Medical Association, told physicians not to refer to pregnant patients as “mothers” because it might offend expectant “intersex men and trans men.”
And in the United States, prestigious Princeton came under fire for banning several man-based words, and California State University Fullerton, California State University Northridge, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are among several to launch campaigns warning about potentially offensive words and phrases. Unlike Cardiff, though, these institutions don’t threaten formal discipline for violators.