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’Penmanship’ is now ’handwriting’ as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes
torontosun.com ^ | 04/23/2013 | LAURA L. MYERS

Posted on 04/23/2013 10:15:14 AM PDT by massmike

Washington state’s governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as “fisherman” and “freshman” with “fisher” and “first-year student.”

Lawmakers have passed a series of bills since 2007 to root out gender bias from Washington statutes, though a 1983 state mandate required that all laws be written in gender-neutral terms unless a specification of gender was intended.

“This was a much larger effort than I had envisioned. Mankind means man and woman,” said Democratic state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle.

The bill passed the Democrat-controlled state House 70-22 on April 9 and unanimously cleared the state Senate on Feb. 8 before being signed by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 1984; academia; bigbrother; genderless; language; leftismoncampus; liberalism; mentaldisorder; orwelliannightmare; oysterperson; thoughtcrime; wordpolice
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1 posted on 04/23/2013 10:15:14 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

I’m glad to see that Washington state has its economy booming and its crime eliminated and all other economic and social problems under control to be able to focus time on this nonsense.


2 posted on 04/23/2013 10:18:33 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: stuartcr

See?


3 posted on 04/23/2013 10:19:21 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Vive la différence!)
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To: massmike

They can call it anything they want, but there will always be something that goes into somewhere, whether it’s an electrical or plumbing connection or a persons parts...that won’t change.


4 posted on 04/23/2013 10:19:57 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: massmike

The chiseling of society down to a feral zone continues.


5 posted on 04/23/2013 10:20:01 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: massmike

“... state mandate...”

MANdate?????


6 posted on 04/23/2013 10:22:23 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: NCC-1701

Good catch!


7 posted on 04/23/2013 10:22:57 AM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: massmike
Handwriting?

Isn't that biased against the other extremities?

What about ADA compliance?

Suppose someone doesn't have hands?

Doesn't this ruin their self-esteem?

Wouldn't pen-person-ship be more PC?

8 posted on 04/23/2013 10:23:59 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: massmike

But isn’t handwriting “able-ist” thinking? What about amputees or those with birth defects who don’t have hands? Those who I believe are now referred to as “otherly-abled”.


9 posted on 04/23/2013 10:24:02 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: massmike

newspeak,,,,


10 posted on 04/23/2013 10:24:18 AM PDT by Craftmore
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To: massmike

Wait. What about people who are born with no hands? Or, people who have lost their hands due to accident, purposeful assault, or in battle? Isn’t using the term “HANDwriting” demeaning to them?/s


11 posted on 04/23/2013 10:24:54 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: massmike

Stupidity on parade.


12 posted on 04/23/2013 10:26:57 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: massmike

And yes - Jeanne Kohl-Welles is every bit the moron that one can imagine from this article (to our everlasting embarrassment).


13 posted on 04/23/2013 10:28:16 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: massmike

So will “they” now become a grammatically correct singular pronoun for non-specific gender?

As in,

The intern needs a new computer because they reported problems with its operating system.


14 posted on 04/23/2013 10:28:19 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: massmike

Oh good God.

Waste of time, money, over a ninny non-issue.

I’m a woman, and I’m not offended. I’ve been called freshman, upperclassman, and chairman and I welcome it. I’ve even withstood the searing ravages of reading words such as “penmanship” and “history”.


15 posted on 04/23/2013 10:28:52 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: N. Theknow

Very nice.

To remove all gender ambiguity, my letter carrier should now be called a person person.


16 posted on 04/23/2013 10:30:04 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

That drives me crazy, and is RAMPANT not just with street morons but journalists and marketing ads.


17 posted on 04/23/2013 10:30:58 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: massmike

They do know that the word “man” is already gender-neutral? It’s short for huMAN?? Oh wait, they’re democrats.. My mistake.


18 posted on 04/23/2013 10:31:15 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: massmike

It’s been “handwriting” in our Texas school district for at least 20 years. No big deal on that one.

With the advent of computers, kids still need to know how to write legibly, but I don’t see that they need to know how to craft beautiful pages of “penmanship.”


19 posted on 04/23/2013 10:31:38 AM PDT by GSD Lover
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To: massmike

This is a good thing. It will solve many problems and cure a few diseases as well. Thanks guys - it’s good to see you are doing the work of the people.


20 posted on 04/23/2013 10:35:43 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: massmike

Oh I get it ...

pen-MAN-ship is just so offensive to people who... um, I dunno but it has the word MAN in it so it must offend someone.

No go practice your penwomanship.


21 posted on 04/23/2013 10:35:43 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: massmike

With sequester and all how do they have the time and money to right these terrible injustices!!


22 posted on 04/23/2013 10:36:52 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: massmike

23 posted on 04/23/2013 10:36:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: massmike

Yep, it appears all the economic problems have been solved, crime has been eliminated, cancer has been cured so now they can go after things like this.

Soon, calling a man a man, will be considered sexist. The new accepted term will be non-female, wait female has male in it, got to get rid of that too. Woman has man in it too.
I’m sure they already have a PC term for them, I just don’t know what it is.

PenMANship is sexist? It took me a second to understand what they were talking about.
Man, the ‘60s losers are in power and ramming their whacked out, drug induced brain damaged ideas through wherever they can.

What a useless group of people and I’m one of the last baby boomer ‘60s &’70s losers as well. People like my father and others that went through WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam must be spinning in their graves, they risked their lives so this could happen?

Man, I miss President Reagan. He was a man, not some metrosexual giggling like a school girl like our current occupier of the White House does.


24 posted on 04/23/2013 10:38:11 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: rockrr

At least for a day, there is another state that displays as much stupidity in its government as mine does here in Massachusetts.

If only for a day.


25 posted on 04/23/2013 10:40:40 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: massmike

So what are they going to do with ‘cockpit’?


26 posted on 04/23/2013 10:41:00 AM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Mr. K

This is going to be a real problem for the HuMan race.


27 posted on 04/23/2013 10:41:24 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: massmike

Or a ‘Sperm Whale’?


28 posted on 04/23/2013 10:41:38 AM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: JoeProBono

Skulls, ooh scary. If you have to say you’re a man, you’re not.
The pen is also ugly, looks like something some sixteen year old goth would come up with but at least they’d have an excuse. What does that abomination go for?

After Sly came out in favor of gun control, I lost the tiny bit of respect I had for him. So, are they going to do to his movies what Spielberg did with ET and replace all the guns with walki talkis?


29 posted on 04/23/2013 10:42:54 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: CommerceComet

or thalidomide babies


30 posted on 04/23/2013 10:43:10 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: chaosagent

I don’t have a issue with “cockpit”.

I suggest it be called a “cockPLACE”. I think “pit” is entirely too suggestive to us men for a place to do our job.


31 posted on 04/23/2013 10:43:13 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: massmike

and what about languages that have gender built into the gramar?


32 posted on 04/23/2013 10:43:43 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: rlmorel

Hu-person

OH WAIT.. it has SON in it...

hmmmmm

This is sure hard...


33 posted on 04/23/2013 10:44:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mr. K

Aliens would come here and declare “I can’t figure this place out. Should we obliterate them or just leave?”


34 posted on 04/23/2013 10:45:35 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: chaosagent
Oh the Huge Manatee!

Drat, now I've done it too!

35 posted on 04/23/2013 10:45:39 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: massmike

So, if I walk into a True value, and I need a 3/4” brass nipple, what should I be asking for from now on?

How about male and female fittings? “innies and outies?”

We got the government in this state that we deserve - this is, above all else, true.

The only paper in the state that would endorse this clown was the one in Olympia, so even liberals thought he was an idiot.

It’ll be funny watching Boeing march out of here. They’ll shift government business to WA, but only until Senator Rocket Scientist retires.

I hate living here.


36 posted on 04/23/2013 10:46:39 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Mr. K

I got it, I got it!

“Humyn”.

Uh oh. That sounds too much like the place where Hillary would store her cigars.

I guess that won’t work.


37 posted on 04/23/2013 10:46:52 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel

Where they put the snuke?


38 posted on 04/23/2013 10:48:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Teacher317

hahaha...why does this remind me of “The Knights That Say ‘Nee’”?


39 posted on 04/23/2013 10:48:18 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: massmike

And for all you people whose surnames end in “MAN”....
You’re next


40 posted on 04/23/2013 10:50:39 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: massmike; NCC-1701

My MANners maybe be bad but it all looks a lot like MANure!
Especially when “fisHER MAN” can be changed to “fisHER”, sounds like their aim is to remove MAN.


41 posted on 04/23/2013 10:52:44 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: rlmorel

Believe it or not, a lot of feminists actually use the term “womyn.”


42 posted on 04/23/2013 10:53:13 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: massmike; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

I’m all for it - got to compromise sometimes with the broads!


43 posted on 04/23/2013 10:54:44 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: massmike

And if your last name is Stevenson, Issacson, et al your daughter must be given her mother’s maiden name, or the last name of the closest female relative that isn’t so biased.

And if your last name is Johnson ... well those aren’t allowed.


44 posted on 04/23/2013 10:56:01 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: massmike

For all you feminists outraged by the sexism of the English language, I refer you to just about every other Indo-European language. And to a great many languages of oppressed people around the world.

They pretty much all have every noun assigned a gender. It will be fun watching them remodel those languages to be gender-neutral.

English is among the least “sexist” languages on the planet. Lakota actually has many words that have entirely different meanings depending on whether they’re used by men or women.


45 posted on 04/23/2013 10:59:26 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: treetopsandroofs
So will “they” now become a grammatically correct singular pronoun for non-specific gender?
As in,
The intern needs a new computer because they reported problems with its operating system.

No, no no. The proper gender-neutral is it, to fix your example:
    The intern needs a new computer because it reported problems with the computer's operating system.

46 posted on 04/23/2013 11:01:55 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Whew. I’m so relieved to know that our legislators would work so diligently for six years to implement this critical legislation. We can all sleep easier tonight.


47 posted on 04/23/2013 11:12:34 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: massmike

Oh but “woman” has the word “man” in it! Can’t have that! gotta change the spelling in the dictionary!

Bull$hit.


48 posted on 04/23/2013 11:24:23 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

You would be offended, if you were actually a “womyn”.


49 posted on 04/23/2013 11:26:16 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Sherman Logan

LOL, that is probably where I got it from.

Hell, why don’t they just call it “Penmynship”?

I have got to the point where I could give a rat’s patootie about what they want to call things. Actually, I will use the traditional/accurate terms just to piss them off.

I am sick to death of liberalism and all that goes with it.


50 posted on 04/23/2013 11:28:27 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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