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Berkeley City Council bans ‘manpower,’ ‘manhole,’ other ‘male-centric’ terms while ‘he’ and ‘she’ are getting replaced by ‘they’

The Blaze – by Dave Urbanski

The University of California, Berkeley, was once known as the birthplace of the 1960s free-speech movement, but violent protests against conservative speakers on campus in recent years seemingly put a blemish on the school’s lofty status as a haven for unfettered expression.

And a recent move by the city of Berkeley shows it may be catching the fever. 

What happened?

A just-adopted ordinance is ordering that all words implying gender are to be removed from the city’s codes — meaning no more “manhole” or “manpower” or “chairmen” or “policemen” or “policewomen,” CNN reported.

Now all such words are to be replaced by gender-neutral terms, the network said.

So what will replace “manhole”? That would be “maintenance hole,” CNN noted.

And as for “manpower”? Here’s looking at you “human effort,” the network added.

The item passed Tuesday night without discussion or comments and was not controversial, Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson — the measure’s primary author — told CNN.

“There’s power in language,” Robinson added to the network. “This is a small move, but it matters.”

But that ain’t all

There also was the matter of weeding out pesky gendered pronouns like “he” and “she.”

Never fear. The ordinance indicates those two words will be replaced with “they,” CNN said.

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

The Blaze

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6 Responses to Berkeley City Council bans ‘manpower,’ ‘manhole,’ other ‘male-centric’ terms while ‘he’ and ‘she’ are getting replaced by ‘they’

  1. NC says:

    My God, I can’t believe people have such boring lives to go around changing words. Get a hobby!

    Do they realize these words have nothing to do with genders, especially “manhole”?

    Some things are just worded because that’s how they were worded. Stop, overthinking everything! Stop thinking that everything has some politically correct connotations! F@#king Commies!!

    I got a person at work who plays this headache game all the time. I can’t even jokingly call someone a dummy because she thinks by saying that that I’m offending retarded people or something. What the F%@k is wrong with people?!!!

    I never imagined growing up in this insane headache of a world.

  2. NC says:

    “There also was the matter of weeding out pesky gendered pronouns like “he” and “she.”

    Never fear. The ordinance indicates those two words will be replaced with “they,” CNN said.”

    You mean “it” cannot be used? I find that offensive!

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “What happened?”

    Man-buns.

    Fag-mania (jew perpetrated).

    Lead lobotomies cure that sh#t pretty quick though… jus’ sayin’.

  4. Enemy of the State says:

    I won’t be complying with this either

  5. Martist says:

    i knew a staff sergeant, united snakes army, who 20 years ago was told he could no longer refer to a cockpit in an Apache as a cockpit. About 5 years ago, before he retired, he was also given a list of books at a staff meeting by co’s that if any of his soldiers owned, read or talked about them should be reported to them.

  6. Ed Teach says:

    Cant say country (cUnt-tree) either. Its now call Maggie’s farm.

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