No manhole, manmade: Berkeley bans gender-specific words


"Cigarettes and other tobacco products will remain legal in the city, along with recreational marijuana", reports Bloomberg.

The progressive bastion of Berkeley, California, is eager to make its laws as inclusive as possible by eliminating gendered terms from its books.

In an effort to make Berkeley more inclusive for its non-binary residents, 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. "Manholes" will be changed to "maintenance holes" and references to manmade will be changed to "artificial".

The changes are subject to a second vote before being written into law, which will take place on July 23, but having passed unanimously on the first round of voting there's little suspense about the measure's fate.

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Berkeley's municipal code uses mostly male pronouns, such as "he", but the new code will switch from he and she to "they" when referring to individuals, according to television stationKTVU.

The far-left city of Berkeley, Calif., has officially gotten rid of all of its "manholes,"policewomen" and "firemen"-well, so to speak".

"There's power in language", Robinson said. 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. For example, if an attorney is mentioned, they will always be referred to as "the attorney" - not a gender pronoun such as him or her. That would be "maintenance hole", CNN noted. "It's a small move, but it matters". The state became the first to allow residents to use nonbinary gender markers on birth certificates, and the second after OR to allow gender markers other than "F" for female and "M" for male on driver's licenses.

NBC News reported the ordinance, which will cost the city about $600, will go into effect in late August.