‘Gendered’ Terms Like “Manhole”, “Policemen”, & “Chairmen” To Be Banned In Berkeley, CA

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Today in “the entire world is steadily losing its mind” news, there will no longer be terms like “manhole”, “policeman” or “chairman” in Berkeley, California city codes, according to CNN.

Words that “imply a gender preference” will soon be removed from the city’s codes and replaced with gender-neutral terms, according to recently adopted ordinances. Berkeley voted on Tuesday to replace “gendered” terms in its municipal codes. 

Words like “manhole” will be replaced with words like “maintenance hole”.

“Manpower” will be replaced with “human effort”. 

The item passed without comment or discussion and wasn’t controversial, according to Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson, the bill’s primary author.

Robinson said:

“There’s power in language. This is a small move, but it matters”. 

Gendered pronouns like “he” and “she” will also be replaced with words like “they”. The office of the city manager said that the city’s municipal codes currently “contain mostly masculine pronouns”. 

Robinson concluded: 

Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not reflective of our reality. Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that.”

When will this idiocy end?


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