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Students grades slashed for using ‘gendered language’ at universities across the country

Top universities across Australia have taken to slashing students grades for using banned ‘gendered language’.

Terms such as ‘man’, ‘she’, ‘wife’, ‘mother’ and any other terminology that angers the PC brigade have been blacklisted.

Students claimed they have lost marks for referring to ‘mankind’ or ‘workmanship’ in assignments, as they are not deemed ‘inclusive language.’

No more he said/she said: Australian Universities are paving the way of gender neutrality in the classroom, punishing students for using words such as ‘he’ or ‘she’ (stock image)

‘People are losing marks for using everyday speech because it’s not gender-neutral,’ a politics student told The Courier Mail. 

The student said the university can’t just ban every word with ‘man’ in it, as more blacklisted words are uncovered, including ‘sportsmanship’ and man-made.’

The acting executive dean of The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Julie Duck, think the penalties are justified.

‘Students are advised to avoid gender-biased language in the same way they are advised to avoid racist language, cliches, contractions, colloquialisms, and slang in their essays.’

She said these issues should only marginally impact marks, depending on the severity of the infringement. 

Queensland University of Technology students are also being impacted by the university’s political correct crusade.

Top universities across Australia, including The University of Queensland (pictured) have taken to slashing students grades for using banned 'gendered language'

Top universities across Australia, including The University of Queensland (pictured) have taken to slashing students grades for using banned ‘gendered language’

Students are being penalised for failing to use ‘inclusive language’, and warned against describing women in a secondary position to something or somebody else.

This includes, but is not limited to ‘wife of’, ‘mother of’ or ‘daughter of’. 

The suffix ‘man’ is deemed sexist, due to the implication that the comment is referential of a male. 

Griffith University tells staff and students to ‘look for non-binary pronouns so that misgendering doesn’t occur’. 

Universities are going so far as to reject notions of correct grammar in favour of excluding gendered language.

The University of Sydney prefers students to create sentences that are grammatically incorrect but politically correct, rather than use the words ‘he’ or ‘she’.

The example their style guide provides to exemplify this is: ‘If a student wants their results early, they should go to the student centre.’ 

The University of Newcastle is yet another institution joining the fold, with an inclusive language guide that bans gendered language, telling students to use words such as humanity, human race or humankind instead.   

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham openly disagrees with the policies, claiming that they were enforcing ‘nanny state stuff’ on students.   

‘Our universities should be better than this rubbish,’ he said.

‘Naughty Words’ – How many banned words do you use on a regular basis?  

He: used to refer to a man, boy, or male animal previously mentioned or easily identified.

Alternative: They

She: used to refer to a woman, girl, or female animal previously mentioned or easily identified.

She: used to refer to a ship, vehicle, country, or other inanimate thing regarded as female. 

 Alternative: They

Mankind: human beings considered collectively; the human race.

 Alternative: Humanity

Sportsmanship: fair and generous behaviour or treatment of others, especially in a sporting contest.

Alternative: Good sport 

Workmanship: the degree of skill with which a product is made or a job done.

Alternative: Work ethic 

Wife: a married woman considered in relation to her spouse.

 Alternative: Partner

Spokesman: a person who makes statements on behalf of a group or individual.

 Alternative: Spokesperson

Chairman: the permanent or long-term president of a committee, company, or other organization.  

Alternative: Chairperson 

Man-made: made or caused by human beings (as opposed to occurring or being made naturally).

Alternative: Artificial 

 

 

 



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