The phrase Old Masters is sexist, authors and students are told in UK
Original post made by Sharon on Sep 24, 2008
Students and academics are being banned from using the term "Old Masters" and "seminal" because of claims they are sexist. ...
The list of allegedly racist words includes immigrants, developing nations and black, while so-called "disablist" terms include patient, the elderly and special needs.
It comes after one council outlawed the allegedly sexist phrase "man on the street", and another banned staff from saying "brainstorm" in case it offended people with epilepsy...
Immigrants is said to have "racist overtones" because of its association with "immigration legislation", while developing nations - intended as a more sensitive replacement for Third World - is "prejudical" because it implies a comparison with developed countries...
the BSA warns authors against using civilisation because of its "racist overtones that derive from a colonialist perception of the world"....
Among the "sexist" terms to be avoided are "seminal" and "disseminate" because they are derived from the word semen and supposedly imply a male-dominated view of the world...
In addition, the list says "special needs" should be changed to "additional needs", "patient" to "person" and "the elderly" to "older people".
"Able-bodied person" should be replaced with "non-disabled person", it is claimed.
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