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In a bid to encourage inclusivity, Berkeley City Council adopted an ordinance Tuesday to replace gender-suggestive language with gender-neutral terms in the city’s municipal code.
No longer will ‘he’ and ‘she’ be used by the workers of the local government, male and female workers will instead be referred to collectively in the third-person as ‘they’ and ‘them’, as a result of the ruling.
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The legislation, which passed unanimously among council members on its first reading, will also see the thousands of city’s manhole covers transmuted into ‘maintenance holes’.
‘Craftsmen’ will also be an accepted term no more, with the city set to instruct its workers to use the word ‘craftspeople’ instead.
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Justifying the vernacular overhaul, a memo for the motion explains: ‘In recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender-nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity.
Berkeley has a long history of leading on politically and socially liberal issues, and Tuesday’s motion became one of the first of its kind to pass in the US.
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As a result, more than two dozen frequently used terms will be changed in the city code when the measure is fully implemented.
The sponsor of the ordinance is councilman Rigel Robinson, a 23-year-old recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He says his time in college expanded his awareness of gender issues.
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‘Gender-neutral language creates a lot of room to acknowledge that it’s...
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