A woke new report recommended that incoming Marine Corps should stop using “sir” or “ma’am” to address superiors to avoid misgendering them.
The Marines Corps commissioned a $2 million report from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020, after Congress ordered the service to fully gender-integrate basic training in accordance with the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
The Marine Corps was the only military branch that still segregated female recruits from their male counterparts until 2019.
The new 783-page academic report, which took two years to complete, analyzed the best models for integrating genders “to the greatest extent possible while continuing to train Marines to established standards.”
One of the ways the academics found would accomplish this feat, is to do away with “gender-specific salutations” during boot camp.
“The Army, Navy, and Coast Guard effectively de-emphasize gender in an integrated environment,” the report states.
“Instead of saying ‘ma’am’ or ‘sir,’ recruits in these Services refer to their drill instructors using their ranks or roles followed by their last names. Gendered identifiers prime recruits to think about or visually search for a drill instructor’s gender first, before their rank or role.”
The report also pointed out that while female recruits train alongside men during boot camp, the instructional materials used still reflect a time when there were male only trainees.
“A leader who is confident in his decisions instills confidence in his Marines,” training material reads.
While investigators spent time at both recruit depots, interviewees reported that senior drill instructors used sexually explicit language to build rapport with recruits.
In weapons training, they were instructed to “reach up the skirt” and “smack that wh–e,” during rifle drills.
The study’s authors found that removing gendered titles from recruit’s lingo is “an unambiguous, impartial way to circumvent these issues.”
“Employing gender-neutral identifiers eliminates the possibility of misgendering drill instructors, which can unintentionally offend or cause discord,” they discovered.
“By teaching recruits to use gender-neutral identifiers for their drill instructors, Services underscore the importance of respecting authoritative figures regardless of gender.”
Not everyone is convinced the switch will be effective. “That’s going to take some effort,” Col. Howard Hall, chief of staff for Marine Corps Training and Education Command, said in December.
“Honestly, that’s not a quick fix. What are inculcating in our young recruits that will or will not be reinforced when they graduate and enter the fleet Marine force? So again, we want to avoid any quick-fix solutions that introduce perturbations down the line.”
The Marines aren’t the only ones trying to change their lingo, Standard University recently published their “harmful language” list, which they plan to eliminate from their internal websites and computer code.
The goal of their Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative is to axe forms of harmful language, including “racist, violent, and biased language,” in addition to educating people on the impact of words.
Terms that made Stanford’s list that were considered offensive included “brave,” “gentlemen,” “ladies,” “mailman,” “grandfather,” “abort, and naturally, “American.”
According to the woke university, instead of American, we should use the term “US Citizen,” because American “often refers to people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas.”
American is banned under the list’s “Imprecise Language” section, which are “terms that utilize euphemisms, vagueness, or inaccurate words to not say what one is trying to say.”
Rather than use the word “abort,” they alternatively suggest cancel or end, as using abort can “unintentionally raise religious/moral concerns over abortions.”
“Gentlemen” made the list because it “lumps a group of people using masculine language and/or into gender binary groups, which don’t include everyone.”
Instead of gentlemen, Standford suggests using the term “everyone.”
“Grandfather” has been banned, as it has “roots in the “grandfather clause” adopted by Southern states to deny voting rights to Blacks.”
“The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld called the Initiative “language castration,” and personally took offense to the elimination of “basket case,” which was banned because it “originally referred to one who has lost all four limbs and therefore needed to be carried around in a basket.”
“I see myself as a basket case since I commute in on Bill Hemmer’s bicycle,” he cracked on Wednesday’s show.
“What drives me crazy about this is a lot of this stuff is if you didn’t know about it, it wouldn’t matter,” Gutfeld continued. “Like, I never heard about ‘basket case.’ … Now I’m bothered by that image.”