Letter: Political correctness and 'cowpersons'


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  • Say What? Bountiful, UT
    April 26, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    Kids used to play cowboys and Indians.

    Now they play cowpersons and Native Americans?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    April 25, 2014 11:05 p.m.

    Cows are girls, so cow girl is correct. Bulls are boys, so the correct usage would be bull boys.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    April 25, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    Being offended is a choice... Choose wisely

  • glendenbg Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2014 3:11 p.m.

    Dismissing this issue as nothing more than political correctness is a convenient and lazy way to avoid dealing with the issue. If you don't agree that's okay but the students at U are raising a valid issue.

    The fight song should represent all the students. "I'm a Utah Man" does not represent all the students. The song treats female students as valuable only for their appearance ("Our coeds are the fairest and each one's a shining star") not their intellect, skills or abilities - just their appearance. That seems very sexist. "A Utah man" seems equally sexist.

    As one member of the student government pointed out, the song should unite students but it has become divisive because students feel the lyrics of exlusive and offensive. They weren't intended to be but they are now.

    I would challenge people who object to changing the lyrics to come up with a good argument in favor of the current lyrics rather than dismissing the issue out of hand.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    April 25, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    To "one vote" you are still insulting various groups with "cowman". You may refer to them as bovine directional assistants. Persuns in the Bovine industry, or Bovine coordinators.

    By calling them a "cowman" you are assuming that they are all men, what about the women at the school, they are not men and should not be called men. Cow also has bad connotations, thanks to the diet industry, so you can't use that as it may offend some people with high BMI numbers.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 25, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    IMO Students are taking themselves and their school song WAY to seriously now days...

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 25, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    Aren't college fight songs SUPPOSED to be a little silly??

    It's supposed to be something fun and traditional for the students to band together and sing at the top of their lungs at games and belt out at bars to let people know where their from. It's like wearing your school colors.

    It's supposed to be silly ... and fun.

    This political correctness baloney is NOT fun...

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    April 25, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    The writer failed to mention that "cow" is female. To be truly politically correct it would need to be "cattlepersons" to take out the female bias.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    I wonder what race, and gender a letter-writer might be to casually throw around the term "political correctness"!

    As a white male, I'm so glad to see the changing makeup of our Nation's demographics.

    White males have really bungled a lot of things throughout history, even silly lyrics to a silly song. Look at what happened to indigenous Americans (The Utes, for example).

    There is only one group of people who are upset about changing the silly lyrics. And they are silly lyrics you know!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2014 7:15 a.m.

    "Boy" is the operative word. Why not Cowmen, sir, a Wyoming cowman?