In case it wasn’t already obvious that political correctness has reached the height of utter absurdity, here’s some cringe-worthy news from the real estate world: Evidently, the term “master bedroom” has fallen out of fashion — because, obviously, it conjures excruciatingly painful images of male slaveholders in the antebellum South for homebuyers.
According to a survey of Washington, D.C., area homebuilders conducted by Baltimore Business Journal, six out of 10 currently opt to describe the largest sleeping room in the house as the “owner’s suite,” “owner’s bedroom” or, in one case, “mastre bedroom.”
From the article:
Why? In large part for exactly the reason you would think: “Master” has connotation problems, in gender (it skews toward male) and race (the slave-master).
Enter the owner’s suite.
“I imagine it’s not only a more accurate description but also a more politically correct term of art,” said Steve Nardella, senior vice president of operations for Bethesda-based Winchester Homes Inc.
Either way, the “master suite” has been linguistically shoved aside.
No word yet on what the kinder, gentler name for the Masters Golf Tournament will be or what we sensitive Americans are going to do about all of those obviously racist, sexist jerks who opted to attain master’s degrees.