Attention college freshman: If you attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, you must no longer refer to yourself as a “freshman” because your school has determined that this term is offensive, inappropriate and sexist. Really. Going forward, we all need to refer to such students in a more “gender-inclusive” way. Sigh.
UNC officials released a statement about their new ban on the word (which really isn’t new because they first announced this ridiculous policy change back in 2009). Guess it’s taken them this long to work up the nerve to actually publicize it. Here’s what they are saying now:
We are “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.” Consistent with that commitment, gender inclusive terms (chair; first year student; upper-level student, etc.) should be used on University Documents, websites and policies.
Yep. So instead of “freshman”, they are now calling all incoming college students “first year students.” How creative. Hey, what year are you? I’m a sophomore; I’m a senior, I’m a first year student.
I suppose it could have been worse if they decided upon “freshperson.”
Luckily, not all students agree with the brilliant minds at their school. Brandon Hartness, Executive Vice Chair for UNC’s republicans chapter, told Campus Reform he thinks that political correctness has gone too far:
I feel like they are making a big deal out of nothing. Girls are not going to deem the word [freshman] as sexist. I feel like most people don’t even think about it.
Correct. No one thinks about this. Except highly-paid university officials with nothing better to do.
But what they’re really doing is a slap in the face to women and feminism. It’s making a mockery out of females and equal rights. How many women have actually filed a serious complaint about this term being sexist? And even if some did, so what??? Do we have to now bend over backwards for ever overly-sensitive person out there?
I suppose we have to change all other terms with “man” in them–including, of course, the word “woman” because the last three letters are now highly inappropriate for our gender.