Washington State University

University cultural instructor warns against saying 'illegal aliens,' 'male' and 'female'

A cultural studies instructor at Washington State University has warned her students that they could face disciplinary action -- and in some cases, failure of her class -- if they use certain terms she deems unacceptable, including "illegal aliens," "tranny" and the words "males" and "females" to refer to men and women. 

The instructor's remarks, contained in a recent class syllabus for a fall semester course titled "Women & Popular Culture," have ignited an online debate on a number of conservative blogs and news sites after being reported on the site Campus Reform. 

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