Several national newspapers have reported that the term ‘master bedroom’ will no longer be used by dozens of Real Estate agents in the US and England due to its allusions to sexism and slavery.
Instead they will use the terms ‘primary’ or ‘principal’ bedroom, reported The Times of London.
The movement to remove the use of the word apparently began when a black programmer at Twitter in America complained about the use of the terms ‘master’ and ‘slave’ in relation to computer programming, as well as the process known as an ‘automatic slave rekick’.
Pre-dating the appearance of Black Lives Matter, a petition by employees led to Twitter starting to phase out insensitive programming terms.
Last week in Texas, the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) said it will stop allowing the term “master bedroom” or “master bathroom” to be used in descriptions.
The decision to remove the term comes after a group of real estate professionals said the term “master” on property descriptions represents a potential stigma.
HAR has updated the phrase to “primary bedroom” and “primary bath” on listings.
“‘Master’ represents a stigma and place in time that we need to move forward from,” said Tiffany Curry, a Houston real estate broker.
Some U.S. home builders are dropping the term, too, referring to the bedroom as the “owner’s retreat” instead, however owners were the ones who held slaves too – so that one might pose a problem as well.
The National Association of Realtors asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about the term, and HUD advised the association that the term “master bedroom” isn’t discriminatory and doesn’t violate any fair housing laws.
“NAR sees no reason that real estate professionals cannot use the term, as there is also no evidence that it has any historical connection to slavery or any other kind of discrimination,” said NAR President Vince Malta.
Peter Wetherell, executive chairman of Wetherell in Mayfair, is reported as saying that the term would be changed on all his listings.
These changes are being driven by political correctness and dramatic transformations in the buyer demographic across America and the world.
But Master Bedroom is not the only word that is being changed. CNN had a debate over the issue last night and CNN reporter Scottie Andrew provided a list of other problematic phrases and terms, including but not limited to “master,” “slave,” “blacklist,” and “whitelist” in the context of computer technology, as well as the “peanut gallery,” “grandfathered in,” “cakewalk,” “lynch mob,” and “uppity.”
The list comes as protesters nationwide campaign for racial and social justice, taking to the streets and, in some cases, toppling and vandalizing monuments while targeting authorities who move to quell the chaos.
While EYE would not wish for anyone to be demeaned or denigrated by the use of certain words we do wonder where all this is heading.
Will Mastermind disappear from our screens?
Will we no longer be able to gaze in wonder at a Rembrandt masterpiece?
Will all that remastered music have to be silenced?
Will Ian Fleming’s masterful, spy-master-007 be consigned to the dustbin?
Will bored corona lockdown citizens have to give up their online masterclasses?
Only AOC can tell you.