WHACKED: Berkeley Institutes Gender Free Wording, Manhole Is Now Maintenance Hole

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In Berkelely, California, “man-made” will soon be “human made,” “chairman” will become “chairperson,” and “manhole” will change to “maintenance hole” – at least, in the city’s municipal code.

In an effort to make Berkeley more inclusive, the city council voted Tuesday night to make the language more gender neutral, following a city clerk review that found that the municipal code primarily contained masculine pronouns. That means many professions such as firemen and firewomen will simply be “firefighters,” and “brothers” and “sisters” will instead be “siblings.”

“Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not reflective of our reality,” council member Rigel Robinson, the primary backer of the terminology change, told The Washington Post via email.

The procedure still requires a second reading at the council for the proposal to be official, followed by a 30-day waiting period, said Foli Alpert, a legislative assistant for Robinson. But the language change passed with unanimous consent during Tuesday’s meeting and is expected to sail through the remainder of the process.

If all goes smoothly, not only would the names of several professions change, but the pronouns “he” and “she” would be swapped out for “they” and “them,” and in some cases, individuals would be referred to by their title rather than a pronoun (“The Candidate” or “The Lobbyist,” for example.)


(c) 2019, The Washington Post · Kayla Epstein 



  1. Lets make up new words- peoplekind. People’s world.
    Congratulations you had a baby. Gender to be determined.
    How many can u make up?

  2. “PerSON”? How can that possibly be gender neutral? The same is with “humMAN”. There must be other words that can be used!! There is no other way; the dictionary will have to be rewritten….

  3. In the historic Declaration of Independence, the founders of our country declared that “…all MEN are created equal…” Will the current Supreme Court declare that document unconstitutional?

    Will the New York borough of Manhattan need to be renamed PERSONhattan?

  4. Why are we allowing a minority of a minority of perverts to control the masses of normal people? Why are we so scared to fight back? The evil DNC controlled media won’t allow it? The Thought Police won’t allow it? Have we been so beaten down by Obama and Holder?

  5. I am not sure what is the innovation: for decades people have been saying firefighter, police officer, congressperson etc.


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