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Blue State College Advises Students Not To Use Terms Like ‘Mother’ And ‘Father’

Springfield College in Massachusetts is advising students against the use of “gender-specific” words like “mother” and “father” in order to be more inclusive.

The college included its recommendations as part of its “Gender Pronouns” page, which serves to direct students on the supposedly correct language with regard to LGBT individuals in order to promote “gender inclusivity.” Springfield offers several substitutes for gender specific words; for example, instead of “mother” or “father” and “son” or “daughter,” they suggest “parent” and “child.”

“Springfield College is committed to valuing and validating the gender identity and expression of members of the campus community. Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender, regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth or the sex designation on their legal documents,” the “Gender Pronouns” section on the website says. The website also warns against terms like brother and sister, son and daughter, waiter and waitress, mankind and many others.

Springfield also issues guidelines for all kinds of pronouns; for example, the college provides directions for the use of ze/zir/hir, name/name’s self, and they/them. They provided examples for using the pronouns such as, “Ze is studying. I studied with zir. The book is zirs.”

The website goes on to give further advice for being “gender inclusive.”

“If you conform to (most) gender expectations and are not a transgender person, don’t indicate that you ‘don’t care what pronouns are used for me,’” Springfield says. The college’s reasoning for this is that they want to avoid “reinforcing the privilege” of people who are in the traditional gender “binary.”

Springfield College did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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