Surely you jest. Nope, apparently his most famous quote, one that the whole world probably knows – “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – are cause for controversy at Purdue University, where they want to use the quote for a marketing campaign.
Now, when I first heard that there was some controversy about this, I assumed that there was some silly copyright issue that had to be dealt with. Nope, I was wrong. Apparently, the University tested the quote to see if it offended anyone. Amazingly, there were actually people who wanted to change the quote in order to avoid offending people.
Seriously, if you’re offended by the use of mankind in a generic term, why? It’s a general term that if you thought critically, you would realize that it isn’t meant to exclude women.
Then again, I’m young and old-fashioned….