City Of Berkeley Bans ‘Offensive’ ‘Manhole,’ ‘Manpower’ from Code Book

City Of Berkeley Bans ‘Offensive’ ‘Manhole,’ ‘Manpower’ from Code Book

Liberal city replaces terms with gender-neutral ones

Terms “manhole” and “manpower” are too offensive and no longer gender-inclusive according to one California’s most liberal cities who voted to revamp its city codebook with gender-neutral terms.

The Berkeley City Council voted to replace a number of terms found in the municipal code.

Terms up for the chop include:

  • Policewoman
  • Chairwoman

Also, “he,” “she,” “him,” and “her” will also be changed.

The Democratic city council member, Rigel Robinson, who wrote the ordinance stated the change was necessary because a “male-centric” city code is “inaccurate and not reflective of our reality.”

“Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that,” Robinson told CNN.

“It is Berkeley being Berkeley, and what that means is it’s Berkeley being inclusive,” Robinson added.

“A male-centric municipal code doesn’t reflect the reality of the city of Berkeley.”

Without a sniff of debate, the measure passed Tuesday night.

It will cost the city $600 to implement the ordinance.

The full list can see HERE.

  • “Ombudsman” will become “ombuds.’
  • “Manhole” will be become “maintenance hole.”
  • “Manpower” will become “Human effort.”

One Berkeley resident, Sara, told NBC that she thinks “they should put their time into figuring out homelessness.”

California already allows people to select a nonbinary option for birth certificates and their driver’s licenses.

The Berkeley ordinance is scheduled for changes next week and is set to take effect in late August, NBC reported.

Cities across the United States have adopted gender-neutral language to coincide with transgender rights.

One Berkeley resident, Sara, told NBC that she thinks “they should put their time into figuring out homelessness.”

Earlier this year, France adopted a new amendment requiring schools to change the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ to ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2.’

The new law is aimed at ending discrimination against same-sex, gender-neutral, and tans parents by removing the words ‘mother’ and ‘father.’

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