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