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Hello fellow Aspergers:

It’s not just “Wrong Planet” it’s 100% wrong that we’re considered the “same species” as neurotypicals. LOL


The University of New Hampshire has issued a Bias-Free Language Guide which identifies the word “American” as a problematic term which should not be used. Other problem words: “mothering,” “fathering,” “healthy,” “homosexual,” “rich,” “poor” and “senior citizen.”

The goal of the UNH Bias-Free Language Guide is “inclusive excellence”.

“American” is “problematic,” according to the UNH because it assumes the U.S. is the only country inside the continents of North America, South America and Central America — with the word “America” in their names.

Language users should say “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.” instead of American.

For skin color, speakers ought to say “European-American individuals” instead of “Caucasian.” The notion is that the concept of race “was designed to maintain slavery.” The word “black” for black people is okay, though.

The words “mothering” and “fathering” are forbidden because speakers must avoid gendering a non-gendered activity.

The words “healthy” and “handicapped” are “problematic.” The currently politically-correct terms are “non-disabled” and “a person who is wheelchair mobile.”

Using the words “rich” and “poor” is also wrong. Instead of “rich,” speakers need to say “person of material wealth.”  Instead of “poor,” say “low economic status related to a person’s education, occupation and income.”

“Homosexual” —? “Same Gender Loving” is correct.

The absence of gender-neutral bathrooms and locker rooms (and special housing) are “ciscentrism,” which is a “pervasive and institutionalized system that places transgender people in the ‘other’ category.”

“Senior citizen” is bad but “people of advanced age” is good.

Obviously, the words “illegal alien,” “manpower,” “freshmen,” “mailman” and “chairman” are never acceptable. From now on “foreigners” must be “international people.”

Included is a “Gender Pronoun Guide” for “nonbinary pronouns” such as “ze,” “zie” and “hir.” Such pronouns “are often used by trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people.”

The UNH guide to unfair and prejudicial words includes among its references a style guide from the American Psychological Association called Guidelines for Respectful Language. Another reference is the “Making Excellence Inclusive” from the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Earlier this summer, the University of California system, under current-president Janet Napolitano, has been training faculty to avoid phrases that administrators claim are offensive, including the description of America as a “land of opportunity.” Other offensive phrases include, “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” and “affirmative action is racist.”

(RELATED: California Trains Professors To Avoid ‘Microaggressions’)


The UNC Chapel Hill guide — “Career corner: Understanding microaggressions”

Christmas vacations are microagressions because “academic calendars and encouraged vacations” which “are organized around major religious observances” centralize “the Christian faith” and diminish “non-Christian spiritual rituals and observances.”

The microagression of liking a woman’s shoes, “I love your shoes!” if said to a woman in leadership, is a very specific microagression. The problem, the University of North Carolina document declares, is that the shoe admirer values appearances “more than intellectual contributions.” Similarly, interrupting any woman who is speaking is a microagression.

Golf outings are also a microagression, the University of North Carolina says, because suggesting a “staff retreat at the country club” or even just “a round of golf” “assumes employees have the financial resources to participate in the “fairly expensive and inaccessible sport.” (Daily greens fees at the gorgeous UNC Finley Golf Club, range from $30 for students to $40 for professors and administrators.)

The words “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” — as well as “husband” and “wife” — are microaggressions, because these words set “the expectation that people do not identify as LGBTQ until they say otherwise or disclose their sexual orientation.” The correct terms are now “partner” and “spouse.” (What a luxury to be Asperger: we’re born with immunity to neurotypical insanity)

Forms that only offer the options “male” and “female” are microagressions. It’s also a microagression to refer to men who dress up as women with the pronouns “he” or “him.” Still more microagressions cited by UNC Chapel Hill include complimenting a foreign-born person’s English skills; saying “I get ADHD sometimes” and telling a person that you don’t judge them by the color of their skin.

UNC Chapel Hill is home to a “cultural competency workshop” that claims that white people are privileged because they can buy Band-Aids “in their flesh color”.




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