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No more “firemen” and “forefathers”: Princeton’s HR department bans the word “man”

August 24, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Princeton  campus: Don’t say “man and wife.”

The man-ban has actually been in effect for more than a year, according to The College Fix, which reported the story:

“Instead of using ‘man,’” employees are told to use words such as human beings, individuals or people.

“Other guidelines? Instead of ‘man and wife’ use spouses or partners. Switch out “man made” with artificial, handmade or manufactured. Don’t use the verb ‘to man,’ as in to work something, instead use to operate or to staff. Throw out workmanlike and replace it with skillful.

“The memo goes on to list a variety of occupations that typically include the word ‘man’ in them and offers replacements: business person instead of businessman, firefighter instead of fireman, ancestors instead of forefathers, and so on.
Posted by Charlotte Allen
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