Telesphoreo brought a really interesting document taken from a Standford University page to my attention earlier today. Titled "Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative", I think you know what we're getting into from reading this joke of a document. Essentially, it tries to get you to stop using certain words/phrases because of the words' histories, even if they have nothing to do with what the word is used for now. Literally textbook woke culture.
The entire document is full of goodies, like these for example:
|"Offending Word"||What Standford wants you to use||Why they want you to use it|
|crazy||surprising/wild||"Ableist language that trivializes the experiences of people living with mental health conditions."|
|retard||person with a cognitive disability, person with autism, neurodivergent person||"This term is a slur against those who are neurodivergent or have a cognitive disability."|
|retarded||boring, uncool||"This term is a slur against those who are neurodivergent or have a cognitive disability. It should not be used to make a point about a person, place or thing."|
|spirit animal||favorite animal, animal I most admire or would like to be||"The term refers to an animal spirit that guides/protects one on a journey, so to equate it with an animal one likes is to demean the significance of the term."|
|ballsy||bold, risk-taker||"Attributes personality traits to anatomy."|
|Hispanic||Latinx, use country of origin||"Although widely used to describe people from Spanish-speaking countries outside of Spain, its roots lie in Spain's colonization of South American countries. Instead of referring to someone as Hispanic because of their name or appearance, ask them how they identify themselves first."|
Here's the full document: https://s.wsj.net/public/resou…ents/stanfordlanguage.pdf
What a joke.