No more “male” and “female,” and say goodbye to “mother” and “father” if a group of researchers from the U.S. and Canada has their way. The recommendation came down from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Language Project and blasted the assumption that gender is binary.
Representatives from Harvard, Princeton, and the University of California were included in the discussions. Their “findings” were published in the scientific journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
The group lamented that “much of Western science is rooted in colonialism, White supremacy, and patriarchy.” After that inauspicious beginning, they noted that these power structures are pervasive throughout the scientific culture of the world.
Instead of this evil, they endorsed changing the often discriminatory effects of the current language.
For example, male and female should be replaced by biologists with “sperm-producing” and “egg-producing.” This change is needed, the researchers insisted, to move away from endorsing “heteronormative views.”
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The EEB Language Project’s website cites a list of “top 24 harmful terms,” and of course most are a part of normal discourse. Along with terms such as mother, father, man and woman, words to go unspoken include “primitive,” “invasive,” and “survival of the fittest.”
In the minds of these scientists, these are bound to “eugenics, ableism, and social Darwinism.”
Other terms that fell out of the favor of the highly educated include “citizen science.” This naturally could be “harmful to noncitizens” and should be replaced with the suggested “participant science or community science.”
Double-blind studies are critical for research, but this term is now discouraged as a metaphor for disability. Further, “primitive” and “advanced” are to be avoided due to being “used derogatorily towards humans or human practices.”
They are also to be shunned because they are now considered “scientifically inaccurate as implies an evolutionary hierarchy.”
Not all academics are on board with tossing out time-honored scientific and everyday terms. Dr. Frank Furedi of the University of Kent related to The Daily Telegraph that trashing such words as harmful means “abandoning science for ideological advocacy.”
Future generations will look back on this time as the era when common sense died. What our ancestors knew to be true must now be questioned, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, if it does not align with radical leftist thought.