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Professor tells students not to use term ‘he’ without adding ‘she’

A professor at San Diego State University has advised her students against generalizing gender terms that favor men in the papers, arguing for more verbose gender-neutral language instead.

It is not uncommon for students to use “he,” “his” or “him” when gender referrals are necessary in their essays, often done as no intended slight toward women and instead for expediency and readability.

But Associate Professor of History Chiou-Ling Yeh has advised her students against that.

In a homework assignment obtained by The College Fix that asks students to write a research paper, she advises students to use gender-neutral language.

“Do not use the universal ‘he’ or ‘his.’ Use he/she or he and she,” the assignment states.

“Do not use mankind when humankind or humanity will do just as well,” it adds.

The professor did not respond to emailed requests for comment from The College Fix on whether students might be marked down if they ignore her gender-neutral language requests.

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Yeh’s research interests include racial and ethnic history, Asian American history, gender and sexuality, and cultural studies, according to her faculty bio.

The homework assignment in question did not ask students to weigh in on gender-related issues, but rather analyze particular historical documents and images.

This is not the first professor to ask students to use gender-neutral language. It has become a common request across higher education.

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Drew Van Voorhis is a freshman at San Diego State University, majoring in business. On campus, he is involved in College Republicans and was previously an intern for the Lincoln Club of Orange County.

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  • “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    See how easy it could be?

    • Voice_of_Reason

      “I look to a day when people will not be held accountable if they have non-white skin, but can get free stuff from the gubmint and get hired for jobs they are not qualified for”

      updated for liberals.

  • theGOONIES

    That’s a frumpy looking it

  • Ectomy

    Add “It” after HeShe to cover all the bases and make poetry.

  • That Guy

    using only the male term to mean both sexes is normal in almost all languages. its history not hisheristory.

  • Ivar Ivarson

    Lecturers ought to be required to publish all their requirements or refreshing lack thereof [“SJW-cant free”] in the catalog so students may exercise a choice. All else is oppression.

    • Wyrdless

      Rate your professor.com

  • Dem-Smasher

    Drop her class.

  • chris_zzz

    In its original meaning, intersectionality is not very profound or clever. It meant that a person’s victimhood status is enhanced by the more victimhoods they qualify for. Woman = 1 victimhood. Black woman = 2 victimhoods. Black lesbian woman = 3 victimhoods. 3 is bigger and better than 1! Whoever has the biggest number gets to speak first and everyone else has to believe and honor their victim experience no matter how delusional it may or may not be.

    Intersectionality now also means that no victim class can question or criticize another victim class because they should all be in solidarity against cis-gender straight white males (including Asians and Jews). Muslims in America, because they are a minority religion of mostly brown people qualify as a 2-fer victim class. Thus, feminists won’t criticize them even though Muslims who follow their religion are deeply discriminatory toward woman. Blacks’ high rate of criminality which disproportionately harms woman and minorities can’t be criticized because they represent the sacred former-slave victim class (bonus points!). Illegal aliens… same thing. You get the idea. Intersectionality should be renamed “We hate white (and Asian and Jewish) cis-gender straight males to the point of taking positions against our own interests principle.” And, people wonder why this is stirring up the crazy alt-right. Anyone who preaches intersectionality is divisive and deeply misinformed.

  • Tom

    The professor is a manic. Oh I’m sorry, that was sexist- she’s a womaniac.

  • Clyde_Frog

    How about we just tell the quack professor to piss off and say it however you want?

  • Slicer

    Intersectionality is when a Muslim suicide bomber on his way to the aloha snackbar T-bones a bus full of retarded college hippies on their way to the oil protest, its tranny driver too busy texting the President on Twitter about something stupid to notice that it just ran a red light.

    The resulting explosion sends shrapnel, turbans, and HIV-infected blood everywhere, making a great video for Liveleak.

  • Dr. Donny

    But….but….but ‘humankind’ and ‘humanity’ have the same morpheme ‘man’ as ‘mankind’. So what is the difference, Madam History? She clearly got hired due to being a member of 3 minorities: woman, Asian, and dumb.

    • Voice_of_Reason

      dumb isn’t a minority anymore….too many stupid people are breeding thanks to welfare.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Isn’t the very word “penalize” suspicious in itself? There’s a great big “penal” in there, and that sounds like penis!

  • Voice_of_Reason

    “intersectionality” has ALWAYS been nothing but a stupid buzzword, used by stupid people, to do stupid things.

    when I hear someone use the term “intersectionality” I immediately know that they are an idiot, so at least it serves a purpose of warning others that the user is a water-head.