'Marriage' deemed offensive by UNSW lecturers

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  1. Twizzle

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    'Marriage' deemed offensive by UNSW lecturers

    Updated: 7:58 am, Tuesday, 26 September 2017


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    One of the country's top universities has warned maths students not to use the term 'marriage' when referring to a well-known theorem because the word may cause 'offence.'

    The theorem was proved by Phillip Hall in 1935 and relies on the standard example of matchmaking men and women to represent two distinct sets.

    The move by the University of New South Wales comes as student groups clash on campuses around the country on same sex marriage.

    UNSW honours student Sean Lynch told Sky News that his lecturer asked students not to refer to the theorem as Hall's Marriage Theorem in an assignment.

    'The reason why was because the canonical example has homophobic implications, at least in (lecturer Catherine Greenhill's) eyes,' Mr Lynch said.

    He says that while same sex marriage was never explicitly mentioned, it's clear what staff members were referring to.

    Senior lecturer and UNSW academic advisor, Dr Thomas Britz, says the advice was inappropriate and he will speak to the staff involved.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2017/09/26/unsw-lecturer-deems--marriage--offensive.html
     
  2. Mong

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    So a couple of lecturers decide something that isn't supported by those above them?

    Dumb but nothing major...
     
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    The whole thing reeks of heterophobia if you ask me.
     
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    lol

    Great to see our universities tackling the big issues and producing tomorrow's critical thinkers
     
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    So will the UNSW's Department of Social Sciences ban the teaching of Black's Theorem of Voting Systems because it's deemed to be racist?

    FMD! When will all this pseudo political correctness stop?
     
  6. Collateral

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    Will counselling be provided for those offended?
     
  7. Mong

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    The article doesn't read like the university banned anything.
     
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    It would probably be helpful if someone explained what the theorem was:

    "The standard example of an application of the marriage theorem is to imagine two groups; one of n men, and one of n women. For each woman, there is a subset of the men, any one of which she would happily marry; and any man would be happy to marry a woman who wants to marry him. Consider whether it is possible to pair up (in marriage) the men and women so that every person is happy.

    If we let Ai be the set of men that the i-th woman would be happy to marry, then the marriage theorem states that each woman can happily marry a man if and only if the collection of sets {Ai} meets the marriage condition.

    Note that the marriage condition is that, for any subset I[​IMG] of the women, the number of men whom at least one of the women would be happy to marry, |⋃i∈IAi|[​IMG], be at least as big as the number of women in that subset, |I|[​IMG]. It is obvious that this condition is necessary, as if it does not hold, there are not enough men to share among the I[​IMG] women. What is interesting is that it is also a sufficient condition."

    Given the current political climate I think it's wise to avoid discussing it as a "marriage" theorem as it's inevitably going to derail the subject away from math into social issues.
     
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  9. Collateral

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    By whom?
     
  10. Jimbo

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    What if Ai = LGBTQIXYZ...
     
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    What?
     
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    Perhaps we should call it the Hook Up Theorem where instead of getting married the participants are simply out on a Friday night looking to get laid. Much more socially acceptable in this day and age <insert rolling eyes here>
     
  13. Snoop

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    Someone's happiness should not be dependent on their partner's genitalia. That's just being transphobic.
     
  14. SpaceMonkey

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    Thanks for proving my point snoop
     
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  15. The Charlatan

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    Why don't we all just sew our mouths shut and cut our hands off now so that no one will be able to communicate?

    All for SSM and promoting equality in general but it's getting to the point now where you cannot say anything without "offending" someone. Be adults and get over it.
     
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    Who exactly do you think is going to derail the conversation away from maths?
     
  17. SpaceMonkey

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    Students. It's what happens in lectures
     
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    But Spacey, the Hook Up Theorem would greatly offend those who don't agree with sex outside of marriage. Oh, how on earth will we solve the huge problem of this theorem's name???
     
  19. Snoop

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    Send them out to a safe space and let the rest of the students learn mathematics.
     
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    Or you could just call it "Halls theorem" and avoid wasting an entire lecture with pointless derailing.
     
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