Wednesday, August 05, 2015

One College’s War Against Terms ‘Mothering’ and ‘Fathering’

The University of New Hampshire’s “Bias-Free Language Guide” considers the words “mothering” and “fathering” to be problematic, biased language.

According to Campus Reform, the guide suggests replacing “mothering” and “fathering” with words such as “parenting” in order to “avoid gendering a non-gendered activity.”

Originally published in 2013, the guide gained attention recently following Campus Reform’s piece.

In response to widespread backlash, including a tweet from presidential candidate Donald Trump, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston issued a statement distancing the guide from official school policy:

University of New Hampshire has subsequently blocked the page, making the guide inaccessible.

In its efforts to be ‘sensitive’, The Bias-Free Language Guide ignores an important truth: mothering and fathering are in fact distinct and cannot be considered “non-gendered activities”.

Sociology, psychology, and biology all support the fact that the complementary interactions mothers and fathers have with their children make a difference in the child’s development.

For example, the distinctiveness of fathers is shown by the fact that 35 percent of girls in the United States whose fathers left before age 6 became pregnant as teenagers.

By contrast, only 5 percent of girls whose fathers stayed with them throughout childhood became pregnant as teenagers.

Through seeking to eradicate the “exclusive” terms “mothering” and “fathering” in favor of the gender-neutral “parenting,” the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide disregards the distinct sacrifices and contributions that mothers and fathers make for their children.

That’s offensive.



Anonymous said...

Political Correctness is very offensive in all of its many scurrilous forms !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just wait until they call for the abolition of "Mother's Day" and "Father's Day" to be replaced by "Parent's Day" and "Child's Day".

Coming soon to a political idiot near you.

Anonymous said...

I suspect the 35 to 5% difference in teenage pregnancy was not corrected for socioeconomic level. It is still a valid point just not as dramatic.


Bird of Paradise said...

PC nonsense and poppycock these collage eggheads have brains so small they have to put cotton in the ears when the sleep to keep their teeny tiny brains from coming out their ear

Alpha Skua said...

These collage adminastrators need to be fired

Flu-Bird said...

I suppose these collage adminastrators did'nt have any parents maybe they were raised by a near-sighted jackass HYUK,HYUK,HYUK