It may come as no surprise when Berkeley City Council in California has voted, unanimously, to get rid of gender specific words from their municipal code. It should come as no further surprise that this was introduced by a 32-year-old city council member named Rigel Robinson.
He was quoted by KTVU as saying, "Language has power. The words we use are important. It's not only timely, but necessary to make sure that our laws really speak for everyone."
One of the changes is the word 'manhole' which is now called a 'maintenance hole.'
Another change is 'bondsman' and that turns into 'bondsperson.'
But wait, there's more.
Craftsman = craftspeople, artisan
Man power = human effort
College fraternity = collegiate Greek system residence
College sorority = collegiate Greek system residence
Pregnant woman = pregnant employee
He = they
She = they
Brother = sibling
Sister = sibling
Male and female = people of different genders
Journeymen = journey
Brother = sibling
Maiden = family
Repairman = repairs, repairer
Sportsmen = hunters
There's more, but these are the main ones that come with a few laughs.
What's really funny is that if you're in Berkeley, it's like they don't want you to call your own brother a brother, or refer to your sister as your sister. Sounds strange, right? What exactly is going on over there in Berkeley? Something in the water? Sheesh!! Obviously it's not just me who thinks this is all so silly. Some people in Berkeley feel the same way.
Athena Addison stated, "No. Uh...I think it would remain the same. Why change it?"
An unidentified student said, "They come up with these cockamamie things all the time."
A member of a Berkeley fraternity named Andrew Haits, who attends UC, said, "Come on. Enough is enough. I think they've gone too far. The reason why they're gender separated is because they are gender separated. Fraternities are male and sororities are female."
Do you agree with these changes or do you laugh at them?