Apparently now professors expect students to use gender neutral terminology when writing essays. So….They want the students to forget everything they have been taught their entire life, to suddenly start using new “politically correct” terms that are quite literally made up.
Cailin Jeffers, an English Major, at Northern Arizona University has been punished by her english professor for using the word, “mankind” because it was ‘inappropriate’ due to it’s lack of neutrality.
She told the outlet she was informed of the deduction in an email from Dr. Anne Scott, who accused Jeffers of “problems with diction (word choice)” regarding “mankind” instead the more appropriate synonym “humanity.”
The email continued, word choice mattered “very much, or else teachers would not be making an issue of this at all.” Dr. Scott claimed she “would be negligent, as a professor who is running a class about the huxman condition and the assumptions we make about being ‘human,’ if I did not also raise this issue of gendered language. . . . ”
“One of these examples she stated that we could not use the word ‘mankind.’ Instead, we should use ‘humankind.’
Jeffers was then given a chance to rewrite the paper and used the correct, gender word, but she chose to not to do so .
I wouldn’t have rewritten the paper either! That is absolutely ridiculous. Jeffers said, “She told me that ‘mankind’ does not refer to all people, only males. I refuted, stating that it DOES refer to all people, [but] she proceeded to tell me that I was wrong, ‘mankind’ is sexist, and I should make an effort to look beyond my preset positions and ideologies, as is the focus of the class.”
Since when does “mankind” not refer to all of mankind?