Words Do Matter

A California city voted to ban some gender-specific words in its city code and replace them with gender-neutral options.

Berkeley’s municipal code will no longer feature words like “manhole” and “manpower,” and instead say, “maintenance hole” and “human effort” or “workforce.” The measure passed unanimously and replaces more than two dozen terms.

Gender-specific references to job titles, like “policeman” and “craftsmen,” will also be changed in the code, to “police officer” and “craftspeople” or “artisans.”


And the use of gendered pronouns, like “he” and “she,” would be replaced with specific titles, like “the attorney” or “the candidate.”

Rigel Robinson, the council member who proposed the measure, praised its passage in a tweet Tuesday.

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

Source: The Associated Press

See this former blog post for WHY it matters:  https://crookedcreek.live/2016/10/23/words-matter-ii



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2 thoughts on “Words Do Matter

  1. This is a welcome change. Even today, I trip over my tongue when talking about our letter carrier, a woman. My mouth wants to say mailman, and I struggle trying to come up with the correct appellation. The good news is with what was done in California is that future generations will come to use these terms as the norm because it will natural by the time they reach adulthood. Hopefully, the old ways of referring to people will not even be in their vocabulary.

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