Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Princeton students push back on speech ban

Although Princeton University administrators want to ban the use of the word “man” and “woman” in university communications, students are fighting back. The Daily Princetonian, the student newspaper, published an editorial opposing the new policy on gender-neutral terminology.

According to the Daily Princetonian editors: “Censoring the English language through dissemination of lists of acceptable vocabulary is contrary to the values of the University and a sinister first step towards Orwellian restriction of language and speech.”

Princeton’s new policy, issued by the Office of Human Resources in September, verged on the absurd. An employee is not allowed to be described as “manning” the front desk.

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