Des Houghton is outraged by the list of so-called ‘sexist’ words. Picture: AAP Image/Steve Pohlner
Des Houghton is outraged by the list of so-called ‘sexist’ words. Picture: AAP Image/Steve Pohlner

The words deemed to be sexist

I HOPE you haven't used the words "housewife", "mother" or "mankind" this week.

You have? How dare you!

Using these words offends certain academics at universities in Queensland - they who have drawn up a list of words students may no longer use in essays or correspondence.

The words have been deemed to be sexist. We're told they are "gendered language", unsuitable in the modern world where the lines between the sexes have become blurred.

For me, this is the final proof that many academics live in a la-la land.

I've long suspected that many academics live and operate in a privileged cocoon far removed from reality - and now I know they do.

Is it proper that we pay universities millions of dollars each year to come up with this nonsense?

The word ban is offensive nonsense and should be ignored. And employers should refrain from hiring graduates from universities with these ridiculous rules in place.

And just how far will the ban go? Will words such as "freshman", "manhole", "God", "cleaning lady", "midwife" and "brotherhood" be outlawed?

Could "masterpiece", "mother tongue", "fatherland", "ombudsman" and "cameraman" also be frowned upon?

It's lunatic political correctness. It's indoctrination. It's cultural Marxism. Word bans are a new chapter in the gender wars.

A slip of the pen may cost a student a valuable degree, so students must resist this madness and challenge those who seek to mark them down.

University of Queensland students have complained about academics docking marks for using the word "mankind'' in essays.

Have they nothing better to do at UQ than penalise a student for using the grammatically correct pronoun of "she'' to describe a car?

"People are losing marks for using everyday speech because it's not gender neutral,'' the student, who asked to ­remain anonymous, told The Courier-Mail.

"I lost marks because I used 'mankind' ... and I referred to a car I owned as 'she is my pride and joy'."

UQ's essay guide for ­political science instructs ­students to use "gender-neutral language''.

"The use of 'he', 'him', or 'his' as the default pronoun should not occur; do not use 'man' to mean humanity in general,'' it says.

"Nor should you use ­female pronouns when referring to inanimate objects, for instance referring to a boat as she.''

The universities have not only launched an attack on language - they are also leading an assault on free speech. Our places of learning are quickly becoming quite the opposite.

One wonders where all this baloney will end.

And what on earth will become of the beautiful words "Mother Nature"?

And if we can't call it a manhole, what will we call it? A peoplehole? Or peephole for short?

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