The Wisconsin-River Falls University tries to educate students to not use some “offensive” words


words referring to female genitalia and more. Colloquialisms like “you guys” are also not recommended. “Take time to educate yourself about language and the histories of oppression. This list is not extensive, but touches on common identities and concepts. Read them. Consider them. Understand them. And Check Yourself before you use them,.” the campaign says. The initiators want the students educate themselves.

The same guide includes some specific recommendations in particular situations: the guide tells readers to never ask about a transgender person’s identity (except directly) or offer gender-oriented information about anyone when asked, considering this as “inappropriate”; or, students are asked never to use the term “illegal alien,” because to do so is to reduce undocumented immigrants to “something less than human.”


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