Erasing “man” and “men,” one state at a time

July 8, 2013

By Katy Grimes

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The radical feminists are on a roll. They continue to make gains in their attempt to make “man” and “men” officially unacceptable terms in government.

The latest weird politically correct idea to make it into legislation seeks to remove alleged “gender bias” from the language — at taxpayer expense. Using the word “man” is no longer allowed.

Washington state is now actively replacing “gender bias” words with new gender-neutral references, and requires the use of such words as “handwriting” instead of “penmanship,” “signal operator” for “signalman,”  “fisherman” with “fisher” and  “freshman” with “first-year-student.” There are no more “journeyman plumbers”; now they are “journey-level plumbers.”

I’m not sure what a “journey-level” is. This ridiculousness proves that gender-neutral language is ungrammatical, and not allowed in AP Style. How will I write?

Kinder, gentler, gender-neutral state

In February, I wrote “A kinder, gentler, gender-neutral state,” about the creepy push to take the word “man” out of law books, school books, and spoken language.

Washington state had already spent the last six years changing language in the law books of the state.

Word such as “dairymen,” “freshmen” and even “penmanship” were on the short list for neutering when I wrote my story in February. And now they have been neutered.

When I was in college, I worked at a grocery store as a “box boy,” also known as a “bag boy.” During my two-year stint, the offensive term was changed to “courtesy clerk.”

“Nearly 3,500 Washington state code sections, out of a total of about 40,000 have been tediously scrubbed of gender bias, although most involve adding pronouns ‘she’ and ‘her’ to augment the existing ‘he’ and ‘his,'” the Huffington Post reported recently.

Washington’s Legislature,  controlled by Democrats, recently passed the bill outlawing these manly words and ordered the state’s law books to be painstakingly edited to reflect the new man-free law.

According to the Huffington Post, Washington is the fourth state to eliminate gender “bias” from its official lexicon. Florida, North Carolina and Illinois preceded Washington.

Some think this is a proper use of lawmakers’ time, and taxpayer money because of their belief that we must eliminate gender “bias” from the language.  “Nearly 3,500 Washington state code sections, out of a total of about 40,000 have been tediously scrubbed of gender bias, although most involve adding pronouns ‘she’ and ‘her’ to augment the existing ‘he’ and ‘his,'” the Daily Mail UK reported.

But what about the words WoMAN, FeMALE, MANager, MAN, ReaSON, PerSON, GovernMENt? What will we do when we have to use these offensive words? I am guessing “HIStory” will no longer be allowed; “HERstory” will probably replace it.

Perhaps someone will author a bill to change the word “politician” to “dimwit.”

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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 8 July, 2013, 08:29

    You don’t see me opening doors for women anymore. If they can’t operate the door, they can stay outside. Or if they can’t operate the car door, they can walk.
    Its only fair.
    Hondo…..

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  2. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 8 July, 2013, 08:30

    OMG, “Macho Man” by the Village People!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the BEST albums ever put out!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Dana Law
    Dana Law 8 July, 2013, 08:31

    Katy,
    We don’t like these developments.
    We need the specific names of the sponsors of these bills, these social changes, so we can send polite but firm criticism of their ridiculous obsession.
    We need names. We need to confront these people and get them to explain why they insist on changing our lives for the worse.
    Dana Law
    San Diego

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 8 July, 2013, 08:38

    CWD cave dwellers love this topic. Women getting educated and having all their teeth are real real threats to CWD doomers.

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  5. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 8 July, 2013, 09:09

    Uhaul’s expected tool-ish comment. If nothing else you do not disappoint.

    Us cave-dwellers understand that language is fluid; change will and does come when the original becomes so out-moded it drops from public use (aviatrix, anyone?)

    But that is more-or-less besides the point. Here’s the real galling part of the story, which sets cave-dwellers’ hair on fire (and should yours as well, if you’d shut your party-line spouting pie hole and thought about it for five seconds):

    “Nearly 3,500 Washington state code sections, out of a total of about 40,000 have been tediously scrubbed of gender bias…”

    “Tediously-scrubbed” = “costs lots of money”. And at the end of the day, for what? Does this buy any new school computers (or for that matter, help pay bloated state pensions)? Fix a pothole? Repair a bridge libs are constantly paying lip-service, but little else, to?

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  6. Mark
    Mark 8 July, 2013, 17:24

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    How will the drooling feminists deal with the word “manhole”? Will they change it to “Person-hole”?
    .

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  7. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 8 July, 2013, 18:11

    In Sacramento, former Mayor Anne Rudin tried to change the name of ‘manhole’ covers to ‘person hole covers.’ Really. The idea was mocked so much, it just died.

    But that was in the 1980’s – today Californians think it’s a great idea.

    Katy

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  8. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 8 July, 2013, 18:44

    And then there was the case of Shelly Manne

    Shelly Manne was a fairly popular jazz musician in the 40s and 50s.

    In the early 60s he opened up a small jazz club on Cahuenga in Hollywood. He named it – you guessed it – “Shelly’s Manne-hole”.

    I don’t think it had quite the double-entendre then as it would now.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelly_Manne

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  9. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 8 July, 2013, 23:50

    n Sacramento, former Mayor Anne Rudin tried to change the name of ‘manhole’ covers to ‘person hole covers.
    ==
    ==
    You HAVE TO BE putting me on?? Please.

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  10. bobbcat
    bobbcat 9 July, 2013, 06:26

    These feminists are utterly ridiculous. If they could eliminate men from existence altogether, they’d do it. Stupid biotches.

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  11. doug
    doug 9 July, 2013, 17:20

    so how did the term “man-cave” survive?

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  12. Ian Random
    Ian Random 9 July, 2013, 19:59

    I imagine there is some exception for prosecutions under the Violence Against Women act, since the state is actually paid to persecute men with federal money even when there is no case.

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  13. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 9 July, 2013, 22:35

    so how did the term “man-cave” survive?
    ==
    I have a man cave….only person who cant visit is seesaw 😉

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  14. us citizen
    us citizen 10 July, 2013, 13:59

    OMG……what a load of PC crap! Does this stupidity never end! Seriously, I mean seriously…….do this idiots actually sit around and think up this nonsense to waste time and inflict it on the rest of us………..

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  15. K Loomis
    K Loomis 10 July, 2013, 14:37

    Thank you, Ulysses. Spot on.

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