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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Village Idiots

In search of non binary gender inclusivity the Berkeley City Council declares we shall no longer refer to manholes as manholes. They are now officially "maintenance holes." In case any female maintenance holes have been previously offended...

In the brave new world, manpower is termed "human effort." Brother and sister are out too, now the appropriate word is sibling. No more manicures either, instead try non binary keratinous cuticle disassociation.
The ordinance includes a list of gendered terms in existing city code and the new gender-neutral terms that can be used to replace them."Bondsman" will now be "bonds-person," "firemen" and "firewomen" will now both be referred to as "firefighters," and "manpower" will be replaced with "human effort" or "workforce." Sororities and fraternities will now go by "Collegiate Greek system residence" and a pregnant woman will be referred to as a "pregnant employee."
Such heavy handed attempts from left or right, to manipulate and regulate common language seem very Stalinist and Orwellian to me.  Oh wait, did I say man-ipulate? That will have to go, once I find out the newly favored and approved sobriquet.

This political correctness is getting so ludicrous. Next they will be coming for your mandibles and manzanita. This is what happens when the inmates run the asylum. And you want to know why I'm a centrist.

4 comments:

Blumoon said...

I am all for person inclusivity..I am a woman..sister...mother and then some....

Jon Harwood said...

The vocabulary of the "Woke" generation is beyond me. I am just a boomer. I think it helps to start as a snowflake with a grievance to nurture.

Kerr A. Lott said...


I'm a political progressive (I support Bernie Sanders all the way) but this sort of Berekley-style social correctness is completely ridiculous. It'd be funny if it wasn't so fucking sad.



Anonymous said...

Why are we surprised that this came out of bezerkley.