Berkeley City Council Votes to Remove 'Gendered Language' from City Codes

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

While many will see the move as another example of the progressive city being ahead of the curve in cultural and political change, some will no doubt see this as simply more fodder for late-night hosts to mock in their monologues.

23-year-old Rigel Robinson introduced the order to change all official city documents from containing any words related to man, woman, boy, or girl or any possible language related to the two genders.

Far-left utopia Berkeley, California continued to ignore the region's escalating homeless crisis this week; instead opting to ban "gender-specific" words -like "manhole"- from the city code.

Other changes include "human effort" in place of manpower; "beneficiaries" instead of heirs; "guards" to replace watchmen; and "humanmade" instead of manmade. Few people deploy words like "manhole" or "ombudsman" as exclusively male terms, even if they are technically gendered.

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And in all instances where one may be tempted to use a masculine or feminine pronoun, they must use the person's title relating to municipal documentation, such as "the attorney", "the candidate" and - I kid you not - "the dancer".

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.

"There is power in language".

'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'. That would be "maintenance hole", CNN noted. In 2017, California became the first state to provide a third gender option on state driver's licenses, identification cards and birth certificates with the passage of Senate Bill 179.

The cost of the changes is reportedly $600.

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