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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.


Comments (7)

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Here is the link for the article from the UK TelegraphWeb Link


Posted by Peter, a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Sharon, that's in England, not Palo Alto.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm

PC words have been all the rage here fore eons. What is hilarious are the comments under the article.

It is also interesting to note what would be acceptable in Britain is not here and vice versa.


Posted by PC-, a resident of Professorville
on Sep 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm



I agree the article and comments are hilarious, in fact we do have quite a bit of this nonsense in Palo Alto and PAUSD

There are non so blind as those who will not see.

Hey, what happened to the Stanford Indians?, they were playing when I was at Stanford.


Posted by tj, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2008 at 8:36 pm



Lets gather some of the PC nonsense we hear in palo alto?



Posted by Jenny, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 25, 2008 at 2:13 am

Well, I'm an immigrant into the United States, and I emigrated from the U.K.!!! I'm caucasion!!


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 25, 2008 at 3:42 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

...and not even God can help you if you call a spade a spade.


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