Okay, folks, it’s time to rewrite the English language – at least when it pertains to gender. Berkeley, CA, otherwise known as “Berserkeley,” is at it again with its progressive, off the charts policies and regulations. In an effort to please the transgender and non-binary population, city council members voted on a measure that will remove all gender-specific terms from its municipal code. While some word exchanges seem obvious and, frankly, not too radical, others defy reason and can even be offensive in themselves.
Councilmember Rigel Robinson – a Democrat, of course – said the change was necessary because a “male-centric” city code is “inaccurate and not reflective of our reality.”
“Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that. It is Berkeley being Berkeley, and what that means is it’s Berkeley being inclusive.”
Wait. Did the council person just say “women?” Isn’t that gender-specific?
Tonight, Berkeley City Council adopted first reading of an ordinance responding to my proposal revising the municipal code to include gender neutral pronouns. There is power in language. This is a small move, but it matters. #berkmtg https://t.co/njo58NYgNw
— Rigel Robinson (@RigelRobinson) July 17, 2019
So, what are these titles and descriptions that are being switched out to be more politically correct?
“Policemen” and “policewomen” shall now be referred to as “police officers.” “Fireman” must be “firefighter.” Not a big deal, right? Many of us already use those new terms anyway. “Manhole” will become “maintenance hole” and “manmade” will have a few options such as “Human-made,” “Artificial,” “manufactured,” “machine-made,” and “synthetic.” But by this logic, isn’t human still sexist because it has man in it? Huperson, Berkeley, huperson.
So now let’s go on to the more ludicrous changes. The pronouns “he,” “she,” “him,” “her,” “himself,” and “herself” are to be replaced with titles or descriptions, such as “the prisoner,” “the offender,” “the officer,” “the banker,” … you get the idea. “Brother” and “sister” are to become “siblings.” Are you ready for some more?
- “Fraternal” to “social.”
- “Heirs” becomes “beneficiaries.”
- “Maiden” to “family.” A maiden is a young unmarried girl or woman, so how does this become family?
- “Male” and “female” become “people of different genders.” So, how do police officers identify suspects with this nonsense?
- “Sorority” and “fraternity” are to be known as “Collegiate Greek system residence.” Huh?
- And my favorite: “Pregnant” (women, woman) to “pregnant employees.” I guess biological males can get pregnant too?
Berkeley’s goal to become “inclusive” involved another change made in February, when the city started offering the option to employees to have a name badge that displays preferred pronouns.
But Berserkeley isn’t the only city that’s promoting this type of change. In 2014, then-governor Jerry Brown decided it was a good idea to take away the terms “husband” and “wife” and replace them with “spouse.” And in 2017, California became the first state to offer a third choice for identifying one’s gender by allowing people to choose an X on their drivers’ licenses as well as having the same letter denote the non-biological sex of children on birth certificates.
And lest you think California is alone in this insanity, Colorado State University has urged students to stop using “offensive” terms like the blind, the deaf, freshman, dwarf, and the obvious slurs – at least to the leftist mind – America and American.
Goodbye Mom and Pop
While the Golden State is doing away with husband and wife, brother and sister, France is considering removing mother and father from its vocabulary in schools. The legal guardians would be referred to as “parent 1” and “parent 2,” which obviously will cause a lot of confusion and arguments over which parent gets to be number one.
Valerie Petit, MP for the majority REM party of President Emmanuel Macron said:
“This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school. We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family modes. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality.”
Have we fallen so far in society that the family unit is now being reduced to a number system? This push to be all-inclusive is taking away the rights of those who wish to be identified and recognized by their titles as mother, father, sister, or brother. This writer, for one, does not want to be condensed to a numerical identity.