There's been some misinformation in general and some angst from conservatives.
So let's clear it up and remind folks that change that involves PROGRESS is not something to fear
So get over it.
Where did the term "master bedroom" actually come from?
Contrary to what some people think, it actually did not begin during the years of slavery on US soil. It actually has less pernicious roots in a mid 20th century Sears catalog.
In the catalog, it was the first time most working class and middle income families had more than 1 or 2 bedrooms, and the term was used to explain the craftmanship of designing a "master" suite.
I can hear some of the critics, "So why do we need to change it?"
The term "master" has a heavy negative cultural connotation and any time it's been used in common language, it never meant "Oh look at the master craftsmanship of this bedroom and bathroom!"
They thought of the leader of the house or property, and for some others, the thought was "Why am I calling this room where me and my spouse sleep a 'master's room?"
Let's put it in a way that more people can relate to:
A lot of guys love having their "man" cave. What if it was called the "everybody cave" or just "the cave?" The meaning changes. Now it's not your space to decorate how you want and have your space to unwind.
How has the real estate agent community responded?
Many builders had already made a change before 2013, choosing to use "owner's suite."
Many real estate groups at the state level have already changed to using other terms, such as "primary bedroom," including NOMAR in New Orleans.
and other industries have followed suit by addressing similar language in their own vernacular.
Click Here and look for the section about tech and sports.
Will it ever be outlawed though?
The government is bound to law as it is written.
HUD and the Fair Housing Act have made discriminatory language and practices illegal, but the use of "master" has a harder path to proving any discrimination. Because it's earliest use was in a Sears catalog and the definition was expressed about style and design, it will be very hard for the federal government to find a legal basis to outlaw the term altogether.
They can provide guidance, suggesting it's use be diminished but lawyers may have a hard road ahead if this is sought.
A more effective strategy in this situation is what's already occurred without a legal requirement
Cultural and Social Pressures
Many of the private organizations of Realtors have already made changes because their members and leaders simply said, "Yes this is an offensive term. Okay, let's just revise the words we use in our listings and when we show houses."
It was a simple change and chances are it won't take long for the term to dwindle drastically.
What's your thoughts on this? Should we seek to make the term illegal? If yes, what can we use to support this legislation?
Jessica Bordelon, Agent,