Which of the 40 pronouns will the state legislature choose to use in the laws? You know someone will complain if they use “they” or “them” because they identify as “it.”
Because this is the most pressing issue in California right now?
State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan noticed the pronoun “he” all over the state laws when she researched the job requirements for the state attorney general.
Bauer-Kahan introduced a law to eliminate “he,” “him,” and “his” from “laws governing statewide officials” and use gender-neutral terms:
“We have women serving in our highest offices and the (sections) of the code referring to them only in the male pronoun was pretty shocking to me,” said Bauer-Kahan, a Democrat from Orinda. “It doesn’t represent where California is and where California is going.”
The bill is part of a long process of updating state laws and documents with gender neutral terms. Across the country, many states have required all new legislation to be written this way. Minnesota did a complete statutory revision in 1986 to remove gender specific language, according to Mick Bullock, public affairs director for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Berkeley already changed pronouns in its city code to reflect gender neutrality.
Question: What is gender-neutral?
The last time I checked the English language has over 40 pronouns. How are they going to choose? Will they use all 40? You know someone will complain if the government uses “they” or “them” because the person identifies as “Xie” or something.
Gender-neutral all the things! California is obsessed with gender-neutral.
The state government wants stores to stop separating toys by boy or girl. When is the last time you saw signs stating, “This is the boy aisle and this is the girl aisle!” The store separates toys based on what they are. Barbies are in one part. Disney princesses in another. Play kitchen items have their own area. Marvel dolls stay together.
It’s not limited to the toy section. The legislature wants stores to have a gender-neutral section.
The California prisons house inmates based on the criminal’s gender identity.
Look, I’ll call you whatever name and pronoun you desire. But stop chipping away at gender because the vast majority of us feel comfortable as “she” and “he.” Stop forcing private businesses to make their world revolve around you.DONATE
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