Human-made, Gender-neutral Insanity

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a city ruled by political correctness? All you need to do is to get yourself on a plane ride to Berkeley, California.

Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but “human-made.” And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join “collegiate Greek system residences” rather than fraternities and sororities. Berkeley leaders voted unanimously this week to replace about 40 gender-specific words in the city code with gender-neutral terms — an effort to be more inclusive that’s drawing both praise and scorn. That means “manpower” will become “human effort” or “workforce,” while masculine and feminine pronouns like “she,” ”her,” ”he” and “him” will be replaced by “they” and “them,” according to the measures like approved Tuesday by the City Council.

The San Francisco Bay Area city is known for its long history of progressive politics and “first of” ordinances. Berkeley was among the first cities to adopt curbside recycling in the 1970s and more recently, became the first in the U.S. to tax sugary drinks and ban natural gas in new homes.

Great. Can’t even fart in your own house.

[…] Rigel Robinson, who graduated from UC Berkeley last year and at 23 is the youngest member of the City Council, said it was time to change a municipal code that makes it sound like “men are the only ones that exist in entire industries or that men are the only ones on city government.” “As society and our cultures become more aware about issues of gender identity and gender expression, it’s important that our laws reflect that,” said Robinson, who co-authored the measure. “Women and non-binary people are just as deserving of accurate representation.”

Rigel sounds like the type of prat you want to punch in the face, metaphorically speaking of course.

[…]California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, changed a Sacramento political tradition by adopting the unofficial title “first partner” instead of “first lady,” saying it’s more inclusive. The change reflected Siebel Newsom’s experience as an actress and filmmaker focused on gender politics and inequality.

Forget ‘manmade’: Berkeley bans gender-specific words. There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into “maintenance holes” instead. 

God give me strength.

But formalizing the shift in the sweeping way that Berkeley is doing is “remarkable and sends a message,” Rutgers University linguistics professor Kristen Syrett said. “Anytime you’re talking about something where gender is not the issue but you use a gendered term, that immediately sends a message of exclusion, even if it’s a dialogue that has nothing to do with gender,” said Syrett, who recently spearheaded an update to the guidelines on inclusive language for the Linguistic Society of America.

Ah, no.

For Hel Baker, a Berkeley home caregiver, the shift is a small step in the right direction. “Anything that dismantles inherent bias is a good thing, socially, in the grand scheme of things,” the 27-year-old said. “I don’t, by any means, think this is the great championing for gender equality, but you gotta start somewhere,” Hel added. Lauren Singh, 18, who grew up in Berkeley, approved of the move, saying, “Everyone deserves to be represented and feel included in the community.”

If the person you’re referring to is a guy you say “he”. If it’s a girl you say “she”. And if you don’t know you say “he”. In the latter setting “he” acts as a neutral pronoun, not a male pronoun. Nothing to do with inclusivity. I mean, when did they stop teaching basic grammar in schools?

Not everyone agreed with the new ordinance. Laramie Crocker, a Berkeley carpenter, said the changes just made him laugh. […] Crocker, 54, said he would like city officials to focus on more pressing issues, like homelessness. “Let’s keep it simple, get back to work,” he said. “Let’s figure out how to get homeless people housed and fed. He, she, they, it — they’re wasting my time.”

msn.com/en-nz/news/world/forget-manmade-berkeley-bans-gender-specific-words


Amen, brother.

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