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Univ. of Dayton Students Told to Stop Using ‘Gendered’ Words Like ‘Husband, Wife’ Because It’s Not Christian


Husband and wife

Students at University of Dayton are being instructed to avoid using “gendered” words like “husband” and “wife” in an effort to promote a more “gender inclusive” environment on the Catholic campus.

The Women’s Center has on its page of the Catholic university’s website a list of suggestions of “gender inclusive” language, such as “legislator” instead of “Congresswoman/man,” “firefighter” instead of “fireman,” and “postal worker” instead of “postman.”

The page, described as “an educational resource” and not an official university guide or policy, also suggests replacing the words “husband” and “wife” with “spouse, partner, [and] significant other.”

The Women’s Center argues that using gender-specific words is not “Christian” because it violates peoples’ “innate dignity” as individuals “made in the image and likeness of God.”  

“As a Catholic, Marianist university, we are guided by our mission to foster an educational community that welcomes and includes all people,” the page description reads. “As a Christian and educational community, we recognize that every person has innate dignity because all people are made in the image and likeness of God and we seek to create an environment where all persons feel respected, safe and valued.”

Is this yet another example of political correctness gone too far? One student thinks so.

“Nobody should treat someone differently due to their gender in today's world. But, by changing words like ‘husband,’ ‘wife,’ and ‘mankind’ you start to erase the history and significance of the journey that has been undergone in order to get society to the point where it is today,” UD sophomore Piran Talkington told Campus Reform.

“Should we be inclusive? Absolutely. Should we change historical words with meaning to PC terms for no real reason? Absolutely not,” he said.

What do you think? Give us your take in the comments section below.

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