Dec 20, 2022
By Christine Ross
Stanford University has published an list of harmful language that it wants to eliminate because the terms are ableist, ageist, or racist.
The list includes the word American and calls for the term US citizen to be used instead as there are 42 countries in the Americas, and American implies that the US is the most important country.
In the culturally appropriate category, it says names should be used instead of ‘chief’ or ‘Pocahontas.’
It also asks for the term ‘abort’ to be changed to ‘end’ or ‘cancel’, instead of linking it to abortion and wants to remove the word ‘man.’
The site also suggests replacing ‘Karen’ with ‘demanding or entitled White woman’, while a ‘child prostitute’ could be changed to a ‘child who has been trafficked’.
The university created an index of forbidden words that it plans to eliminated from its websites and computer code, with a list of alternative terms to replace them with.