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[–]happysmash27 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

I absolutely love gender neutrality, but the replacement words better not sound like my English teachers satire "personhole cover". Something like "utility access hole cover" works much better.

…Woah woah woah, I am reading the article, and the title is a bit misleading!

California city to ban gendered language like ‘manhole’ and ‘manpower’

Banning is bad, therefore this sounds terrible.

The city voted Tuesday night to replace gendered terms in its municipal codes, like “manhole” and “manpower,” with gender-neutral ones like “maintenance hole” and “human effort.”

That is not banning though.

Well, I'm certainly glad they used reasonable names and not the ridiculous-sounding names from satire! In the case of "manhole" and similar, this is a nice, but largely insignificant change in the municipal code terminology, because who actually thinks of "man" when they hear "manhole" anyway? In the case of other changes, however, like gender-neutral pronouns, it makes me quite happy, as ones like that which are noticeable actually do irk me ever so slightly.

Edit: Also, this says "California city", which led me to believe this was happening in California City, but it's actually happening in Berkley.

[–]harpskid 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

Yeah, i actually think its a decent effort at removing gendered words. It's not a ban, its more like "Moving forward, we shouldn't use these words on these things".

[–]Tom_Bombadil 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

What does society gain?

[–]harpskid 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

It just helps keep things neutral. While i don't personally care, other people do. Phasing out gendered words is a big agenda for leftists and I don't care either way.

[–]Tom_Bombadil 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I don't think it keeps things neutral.

Most languages have gender cases for almost all nouns. Are those countries changing their languages?

If not, then I suspect that there's more to this then we're being told.