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Berkeley, California is going full Berkeley and removing all “gendered” language from its city code in order to be more “inclusive.”

NBC News reported that on Tuesday, the city council adopted a first reading of a new ordinance which removes “gender preference language” from Berkeley’s municipal code. NBC also reported that city council member Rigel Robinson, the youngest member of the council, orchestrated the new ordinance.

“It is Berkeley being Berkeley, and what that means is it’s Berkeley being inclusive,” Robinson told the outlet’s bay-area affiliate. “A male-centric municipal code doesn’t reflect the reality of the city of Berkeley.”

The full list of changed words is reminiscent of the decades-old move to change words that typically end in “-man” to ending with “-person,” such as “salesperson” instead of “salesman.” But the Berkeley list goes further, changing words in a way that would make a Gender Studies professor proud.

Instead of “manhole,” city code must now say “maintenance hole.” Instead of “brother” or “sister,” city code must now say “sibling.” Instead of “manpower,” city code must now say either “human effort” or “workforce.”

City code will no longer say “manmade,” either. It must now be replaced with “human-made,” “artificial,” “manufactured” (wait a minute – MANufactured?), “machine made,” or “synthetic.”

Some of the word changes stretch into the odd. For example, the word “master” must be replaced with one of the following: “captain,” “skipper,” “pilot,” “safety officer,” or “central.” The word “ombudsman” must be replaced with “ombuds” or “investigative official.”

And some of the changes are ridiculously burdensome. “Male” and “female” becomes “people of different genders.” “Men or women” become “a single gender.” Those offering the defense, “The masculine pronoun includes the feminine,” must now say “words referring to a specific gender may be extended to any other gender.”

And in all instances where one may be tempted to use a masculine or feminine pronoun, they must use the person’s title relating to municipal documentation, such as “the attorney,” “the candidate” and — I kid you not — “the dancer.” “The Doctor” is not included on the list, but “The Felon” is. Any time a pronoun must be used, the words “they” or “them” should replace “she,” “he,” “him,” “her,” etc.

The explanation for the ordinance is included in a background section, which states:

In recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender-nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity. Therefore, it is both timely and necessary to make the environment of City Hall and the language of city legislation consistent with the principles of inclusion.

Changing the city code will cost $600, which Robinson told NBC is important because “language has power.”

One Berkeley resident, Sara, told NBC that she thinks “they should put their time into figuring out homelessness.”

Silly Sara, thinking homelessness is more important than referring to “manholes” as “maintenance holes.”

California already allows people to select a nonbinary option for birth certificates and their driver’s licenses.

The Berkeley ordinance is scheduled for changes next week and is set to take effect in late August, NBC reported.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. LM

    July 18, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I suppose hippies from the 70s can’t say “Hey Man, what’s up?” So this circus of a city in the most crap infestated state is spending time and tax dollars worrying about what you call a cap in the street? Meanwhile they have people living in squaler, shitting on the sidewalks and pitching tents amongst the rodent invasion. No one protects the people trying to run their businesses with the 3rd world bullshit going on in front of their stores begging for any one to help or care? But don’t use a word with” man” in it. So lets change some Man names. Stay away from “Man”hattan, take those clothes off of that”Man”nequin,” Don’t speak of the Man”tle around your fireplace, don’t “Man”ipulate me, you have bad “man”ners, you are not part of “man”kind, your jawbone is no longer a “man”dible, the “Mail”man forgot to come to your house. That bug is evil its a preying “Man”tis People are fleeing this State in huge numbers, but don’t say man! Oh and if your a man stop it your evil!mandable

  2. LST

    July 19, 2019 at 12:02 am

    If I were forced to live in Crapifornia, I’d kill myself. What a worthless shithole.

  3. Todd

    July 19, 2019 at 12:07 am

    If you can’t say “man made,” and you have to say “human made,” how are you allowed to say the word “human,” since it has the word “man” in it as well? I think they’ll have to take it back and change it to “person made.” Oh, wait a minute, that has the word “son” in it. “People made.” I wonder if they’ll have to refer to Charles Manson in history books as Charles Peoplepeople? And I suppose it won’t be a history book, it will be a theirstory book, or actually just a book of fiction.

  4. Art LaPella

    July 19, 2019 at 12:15 am

    If Miss America becomes Person America just to please a transgender minority, that won’t prevent me from noticing the difference.

  5. Rebecca Holstine

    July 19, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Remind me not to go to California anytime soon. Or ever! Back when I was young we said California was full of fruits and nuts. I see some things haven’t changed.

  6. Richard Young

    July 19, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Democrats sure know how to waste tax dollars even if it is $600.

  7. Michael

    July 19, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Great to see California is concerned with really tackling the serious issues! Great job, ya fucking morons!

  8. carolyn hodges

    July 19, 2019 at 1:59 am

    My sibling with the lowdown dangly

  9. Joe

    July 19, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Never going to California

    • Joe

      July 19, 2019 at 7:31 am

      Guess we won’t have to worry about woman power because wo-man has man in it. I’d want my tax money back

  10. Joe

    July 19, 2019 at 7:37 am

    You have people living in the street and shitting in the street, but you are worried about language. Time to get new leaders

  11. Richard Hullfish Sr.

    July 19, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Lets make that manhole the honey hole. Democrats will be called pussies. Instead of calling a democrat a master, call them masterstrokes.Get a hold of yourself you losercrats.

  12. photog

    July 19, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Ah, the pussification of Berkeley. This is the result of all the drugs these people took in the 60s. They’ve lost many, many brain cells.

  13. Wilson

    July 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Fixed this. “NBC also reported that city council member Rigel Robinson, the dumbest member of the council, orchestrated the new ordinance.”

  14. William

    July 19, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    These fuckin Dems are brain dead. They should concentrate on the real issues that are fuckin up their state.

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