Penn State Faculty: Ban ‘Male-Centric,’ ‘Western’ Terms Such as ‘Senior’

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The faculty senate at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) has voted to ban “male-centric” terms like “freshman” and “senior,” and replace them with “1st-year” and “4th-year,” in order to be more “inclusive.”

The faculty claims that Penn State “has grown out of a typically male-centered world,” and “as such, many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them.”

Therefore, in order to be more “inclusive,” the senate passed legislation that would remove sex from language and pronouns when referring to students, faculty, staff, guests, and degree program descriptions, according to a report by Penn State News.

“Terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist,” read the legislation, titled, “Removal of Gendered & Binary Terms from Course and Program Descriptions.”

“Terms such as ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ are parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns,” the legislation added.

Therefore, the faculty senate recommends replacing “freshman” with “1st-year,” replacing “sophomore” with “2nd-year,” replacing “junior” with “3rd-year,” and replacing “senior” with “4th-year.”

The faculty also suggests replacing “underclassmen” with “lower division,” and replacing “upperclassmen” with “upper division.”

As for students who “are taking longer to complete their (typically) four-year programs,” the faculty says it will not number years for students who are still in school beyond their fourth year, as that “would perhaps negatively reflect on students.”



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Wouldn't it be great if we could work nationally and globally to set up enforcers and a force of humanity that bans these banners? They are idiots but have lots of influence and power over other idiots.


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And call me crazy, but how is "Senior" male centric? Surely you can be the 'senior matriarch' of the family or a 'senior princess' or a "senior pastoress" (let's not go there..)
Maybe confused with the Spanish 'Senor'?
I guess all those senior marketing managers will have to come up with a new moniker.
World's gone mad.