In comparison, “Ban Bossy” looks positively restrained.
It was only a couple days ago that I wrote the following about the #BanBossy crowd:
“…we have the smarty-pantsers on the Left trying to remove another word from the English language, as they are wont to do. But words aren’t inherently cruel and a free society has no business banning ANY words. If you ban one word, people will simply substitute some OTHER word to convey that same meaning. Guaranteed.
Worth noting is it seems to be the allegedly free-speech-loving Progressives who are always enamored with the removal or banning of words. Our institutes of higher learning seem especially smitten with this idea…”
And in light of this newest example, my observation can only be termed disturbingly prescient:
(via Campus Reform) – A Minnesota college has launched a campaign to warn students about the “oppressive impact” of offensive language such as “wuss” and “you guys.”
The More Than Words: Inclusive Language Campaign was created by Macalester College’s Department of Multicultural Life in order to “raise awareness about the importance of using inclusive language.”
The campaign includes a series of YouTube videos and posters around campus.
Though there initially were only a handful of posters instructing students not to use certain words, they quickly multiplied, Macalester senior Daniel Surman told Campus Reform in an interview Monday.
“The first wave was [words] like ‘gay,’ ‘girl,’ ‘retarded’,” Surman said. “Then they had a second wave where suddenly the posters increased in number remarkably … that showed all of these other words that weren’t included before.”
The posters instruct students to avoid words such as “crazy” or “derp” and replace them with “person with a mental health condition” or “person with a learning or cognitive disability.”
May we please, once and for all, just call a permanent time-out on the whole “banning words” thing? Please? Without being overly hyperbolic about this, you don’t have to go too far down the road to see where such thinking leads…
The times, they are a-changin’…