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Feb 04 2013

Imposing Gender-Neutral Language

One of the most alarming aspects of George Orwell’s 1984 is the way the totalitarian government controls people’s thoughts by controlling language. If the Ingsoc regime shared our current rulers’ bizarre sexual agenda, it would impose something like this:

In Washington state, dairymen, freshmen and even penmanship could soon be things of the past.

Over the past six years, state officials have engaged in the onerous task of changing the language used in the state’s copious laws, including thousands of words and phrases, many written more than a century ago when the idea of women working on police forces or on fishing boats wasn’t a consideration.

As has been said about living under Soviet communism, the future is certain; it’s the past that keeps changing.

So while the state has already welcomed “firefighters,” “clergy” and “police officers” into its lexicon, “ombuds” (in place of ombudsman) and “security guards” (previously “watchmen,”) appear to be next, along with “dairy farmers,” “first-year students” and “handwriting.”

“Some people would say ‘oh, it’s not a big thing, do you really have to go through the process of changing the language,’” said Seattle Councilmember Sally Clark who was one of the catalysts for the change. “But language matters.”

That it does. It is an area that should be left completely free of government coercion, so that it can evolve naturally rather than be used as a tool of social engineering.

If bureaucrats can’t find a more constructive way to spend their time, then we don’t need so many of them.

Ingsoc
Men are women, women are men.

On tips from Muddypaw and A. Levy.

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  • Dr. 9

    Here’s a little trivia to see how much history you know (can guess at). Be honest, it’s kinda fun and revealing. If you don’t know the answer make your best guess.

    Answer all the questions before looking at the answers.

    Who said it?

    1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
    A. Karl Marx
    B. Adolph Hitler
    C. Joseph Stalin
    D. None of the above

    2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity.”
    A. Lenin
    B. Mussolini
    C. Idi Amin
    D. N one of the Above

    3) “(We) …..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”
    A. Nikita Khrushev
    B. Josef Goebbels
    C. Boris Yeltsin
    D. None of the above

    4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”
    A. Mao Tse Dung
    B. Hugo Chavez
    C. Kim Jong Il
    D. None of the above

    5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”
    A. Karl Marx
    B. Lenin
    C. Molotov
    D. None of the above

    6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched.”
    A. Pinochet
    B. Milosevic
    C. Saddam Hussein
    D. None of the above

    Answers:

    (1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004
    (2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
    (3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

  • Bo-Jangles

    “Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism…” –Spider

  • Vermin

    To me, it’s even worse when, rather than forcing gender neutral language into everything, people insist on making everyone female: The pitcher forgot her glove. Lawyers and law professors do this constantly.

  • Vermin

    I guess I should have said: “Any pitcher who forgets her glove…,” because that’s how they do it–when speaking hypothetically about a class of people, regardless of whether that class is overwhelmingly male.

  • Seamus

    I remember a few years back one of the women in the fire department, who ran one of the committees with her husband, attempted to force a rewrite of the company’s rules, records, and by-laws in order to make it gender neutral. All the other women told her she was stupid and just making trouble because she could. I have a feeling it’s the same situation here.
    People don’t do things like this to make things “fair”, they do it in order to try and rub other people’s faces in it, to feel like they’re putting something over on others, when in reality, most people (men AND women) couldn’t care any less either way.

  • TommyKnows

    If they’re re-writing existing laws, doesn’t that mean they’ll have to amend them with new legislation? Or are they just re-writing without that step? If they aren’t amending the law through the legislature then they’re setting a very dangerous precedent. Once you bypass the legislative or judicial process to re-write a law in order to “fix” a “problem”, you open the law up to constant revision without even the pitiful oversight provided by elected representatives.

    Or perhaps that’s the point.

  • Beef

    The gynocracy will have its way – get used to it.

  • Tax Slave

    The Boy Scouts now accept homosexual scoutmasters.

    Well, now that the jig is up at the Roman Catholic priesthood, pedo- and ephibophile men won’t join the priesthood, just become scoutmasters. It’ll be easier to join, and one doesn’t have to stay in the closet.

    The country is doomed.

  • Winston Smith

    Attention! Attention!

    Minitrue has decreed that Moonbattery.com must change its name to Natural-Orbital-Satellite-Powercell.com

    As the term MOONbattery offends future citizens of the Moon by associating their Moon with non Big Daddy approved propaganda by agents of Goldstein.

  • Winston Smith

    Im waiting for the Gays to file a lawsuit against the Catholic Church for discriminating against homosexuals who want to abuse boys. Im also waiting for NOW to also file a lawsuit since they also do not allow women as priests.

  • wingmann

    Good one Dr.9.

    The trators are inside the wire.
    This will not end well.

  • StanInTexas

    Tax Slave, I was not aware that the BSA had made that decision. Can you provide a link to the information please.

  • IslandLifer

    If bureaucrats can’t find a more constructive way to spend their time, then we don’t need so many of them.

    ^THIS!!!!!!!!!!^

  • IslandLifer

    The bigger the government and law books get, the more eggshells we walk on. They need a very strict diet or to be starved. I prefer a starvation diet.

  • Flu-Bird

    Buricratic stupidity never ceases to amaze me

  • http://politicalhat.com The Political Hat

    Sweden has taken this much further, and should be held up as a warning for the United States. In nursery school, they prohibit children from identifying other children by their gender, to the point that they have introduced a gender-neutral verson of him/her, or requiring they refer to the other children as “friends”. They have removed toy trucks and trains because, try as the teacher might, boys ended up playing like boy and girl playing like girls.

    We have been warned, America.

  • title of liberty

    Ignorance is “Strentgh”? … Ignorance is not knowing how to spell “STRENGTH” …

  • Son of Taz

    @Stan in Texas, the Boy Scouts have not made a final decision, but they could use more pressure to make the right one.

    “Before the Boy Scouts make their final decision, it is absolutely vital that they hear from you!

    1. If you haven’t already, sign the petition to the National Council. America Family Association will deliver the petition just prior to the executive committee meeting.

    2. Contact Wayne Brock, Chief Boy Scouts Executive, at 972-580-2000 or by email at Wayne.Brock@Scouting.org

    Here’s the link to sign the petition.

  • http://moonbattery.com/ Dave Blount

    title of liberty,
    Thanks, graphic has been replaced.

  • Bob Smith

    Language indeed matters. That’s why you should use it properly. When addressing a woman, prefix “Madame” to the title:

    Madame Councilman
    Madame Chairman
    Madame Ombudsman
    etc etc etc

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