Minutiae
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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Friday, September 06, 2002
Gah! I resent stupid people because it's so much freaking work to point it out. I have two professors this semester who so far appear to be loony-leftie-liberals. The next few weeks will tell. The problem is that if you disagree with a teacher you can't ever slack. They will always turn to you for the challenge. I was looking forward to sliding this semester. But I don't think I can stand to pay ten grand and sit silently through three months of 'Islam-is-a-religion-of-peace' 'European-settlers-ruined-the-North-American-ecosystem' 'Oppression-oppression-oppression' crap.
posted by Rachel 9/6/2002
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Under the heading YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING:
St Kates publishes a student handbook every year called the Le Guide. It contains all sorts of useful phone numbers, contact info for various departments, a day planner with all the school events, school policies, etc. This year I was flipping through and discovered this little gem buried at the back:

"GUIDELINES FOR NONSEXIST LANGUAGE USE
The College of St. Catherine has adopted a resolution calling for the use of nonsexist language in all course work and publications. Among models to which students and faculty may refer is the National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) publication, "Guidelines for Nonsexist Use of Language in NCTE publications," available in the O'Neill Center for Academic Development and in the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women. Examples of alternatives by such guidelines include:
Instead of------ Use
mankind---------- humanity
human beings--- people
man-made------- synthetic
manufactured--- crafted
chairman--------- chair, coordinator, head, presider
businessman---- business executive
fireman------------ firefighter
freshman--------- first-year student
mailman---------- mail carrier
policeman-------- police officer
stewardess------ flight attendant
Mrs. Johnson--- Sue Johnson, Johnson
OTHER SUGGESTIONS
To avoid using the she/he construction, one may write sentences using the plural. If the singulars cannot be avoided, pronouns should alternate between the feminine and masculine. People should be referred to by their last names in second references, eliminating "Mr.," "Mrs.," "Miss," or "Ms." Refer to female CSC students as "women." In general women and men should be treated in a parallel manner
Members of the campus community who notice negligence in observing nonsexist language guidelines are encouraged to call XXX-XXXX."

Some things deserve to be publicized so that they may be thoroughly mocked.

posted by Rachel 9/6/2002
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Hmmm... More interesting tidbits on Iraq.
posted by Rachel 9/6/2002
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