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OK, I might have exaggerated a little bit with that headline and the Frosty photo above. But not by much, and only because Frosty probably doesn’t appear in any state statutes. But a new
manpersondate in the state of Washington that legally bans any gender (aka male) bias in state statutes will replace “penmanship” with “handwriting,” “freshman” with “first-year student,” and “fisherman” with “fisher.”
menpersont and enforce the 475 pages of “gender neutrality” legislation in Washington requires the manpersonpower of a 40-member staff of the Washington Code Reviser’s Office agency. I’m not making that up.
And there are a few gender (male) biased words that will be
“grand fatherparented in” like “airmen” and “seamen,” because of objections by the Washington Military Depart menpersont, and “manhole” and “manlock” because no common-sense replace menpersonts could easily be found. I assume that “manual transmission” will become “personal transmission” and “manually operated” will become “personally operated.”
According to the Reuters article that reported this:
“Other states that have passed gender-neutral constitutional
manpersondates include California, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Utah. At least nine other states are currently considering gender-neutral legislation.
“Words matter,” said Liz Watson, a National Wo
menperson‘s Law Center senior adviser. “This is important in changing hearts and minds.”
MP: Just wondering, does the
manpersonddate in New York mean that Manhattan will now become Per sondaugherhattan? And in general, what about all of the gender-biased words like manuscript, manifest, maneuver, mannerism, romantic, dismantle, human, mankind, manipulate, performance, semantic, showmanship, sportsman, workmanship, documentary, person, etc., the list goes on forever? Where does it stop? For example, will a “bachelor’s degree” now become a “single-person’s” degree?
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