Wednesday, April 30, 2014


"Man" is a bad word

University of Utah students say a century-old fight song “Utah Man”  is not “inclusive” enough

University of Utah supporters could soon be singing a new fight song for the first time in over a century after the student government voted on a resolution to change the lyrics of “Utah Man” because of its sexist and racial overtones.

Members of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) alleged that the title and some of the lyrics are “problematic” and could lead to “feelings of exclusion” for some students, specifically minorities and women.

Instead, it asks the university’s administration to replace those portions of the tune with broader, more politically correct terms.

“It’s time for a change,” student-government president Sam Ortiz told the Deseret News, describing the current version as “divisive.”

Ortiz and others point to the song’s gender- and race-specific lyrics as the issue.

The male-centered lyrics could lead students who “do not identify as men or being a man” to feel excluded from the campus community, the resolution states.

Additionally, members took issue with a lyric in the first verse that states “Our coeds are the fairest.” The resolution argues the line is “supporting a hierarchy built on complexion and skin tone, privileging a light or ‘fair’ appearance.”

Alison Boyer, a member of the ASUU Assembly, said that not changing the song is “allowing hurtful speech to be perpetrated” on campus.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The ultimate goal for liberals is that all words written or spoken will be banned. If we cannot write words or speak, no one can be "offended."

Orwell would be so proud!

Anonymous said...

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"

"I'm sorry I can no longer respond to blatantly offensive questions, which may prove hurtful to those self identified as members of the non-fair community. Thus endith the fairy tale. Whoops, I mean the 'person no longer in the closet who may use such potentially offensive terms for endearment purposes within his own community, but you can't because it would be an egregious breach of PC speech' tale".

stinky said...



Fairer skin for women, of any race, denotes youth, as skin darkens with age. That's why skin lightening customers are mostly female.

Anonymous said...

Hum, they changed our national anthem to replace 'Australia's sons' with 'Australians all' IIRC so I guess this is somewhat similar.
As for 'fair' - does it have to refer to skin colour? While my dictionary includes that definition is also includes 'beautiful or lovely'.

Anonymous said...

If the students don't like the university's traditions they can always go to another university. Why do institutions always cave to people who have the option to go elsewhere if they are not comfortable? Why is change for the sake of change necessary?

Stan B said...

Get used to it. In Kentucky, the darkies are no longer gay. The people were gay for a while, but now they're not....

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until these students get into the work place. If they get all butt hurt now over lyrics to a school song I bet they will just curl up in the fetal position the first time a coworker, supplier, or customer says something they don't like. Funny how this song is so offensive to them but music that truly objectifies women coming from people like Beyonce is supposed to be accepted by all as art and not questioned.

Bird of Paradise said...

The Stupid Counciol deams the word MAN as offensive I just wondred if they didnt sniff glue one time in their lives

Anonymous said...

So they don't want those that are not "fair" to feel excluded. Guess what, in the real world the "fairest" always get more consideration than others. How about all the students who love the school traditions? Aren't their feelings being ignored? Self important busy body's love to tell others what to do.

Anonymous said...

They must have nothing important to study at the university of Utah. Wayyyyyyyyy too much time on their hands worrying about moronic stuff like words to a fight song. pos idiots.