It’s not possible to satirize the reign of political correctness on campus. Today’s satire is tomorrow’s diktat. John Leo takes note of the latest dispatch from the education apocalypse at Princeton and mischievously gets in the spirit:
One of the feminists who used to write angry letters to the editor in the 1960s about sexist words such as “fireman,” “chairman,” and “mankind” has apparently come to power at Princeton and officially banned this kind of language from all campus documents. The Office of Human Resources issued the new policy. Whether you can still use inflammatory words like “humanity,” “handyman,” or “henchman” in conversation on or near campus remains unclear. To be safe, I have already switched to “handyperson,” “henchindividual” and “persons of hench.”
Elsewehere Leo explains why Princeton had to change its name. I trust the Office of Human Resources at Princeton will be banning satire and outlawing inappropriate laughter any day now if it hasn’t already.