Skip to comments.’Penmanship’ is now ’handwriting’ as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes
Posted on 04/23/2013 10:15:14 AM PDT by massmike
Washington states 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at torontosun.com ...
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.
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.
The chiseling of society down to a feral zone continues.
“... state mandate...”
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?
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”.
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
Stupidity on parade.
And yes - Jeanne Kohl-Welles is every bit the moron that one can imagine from this article (to our everlasting embarrassment).
So will “they” now become a grammatically correct singular pronoun for non-specific gender?
The intern needs a new computer because they reported problems with its operating system.
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”.
To remove all gender ambiguity, my letter carrier should now be called a person person.
That drives me crazy, and is RAMPANT not just with street morons but journalists and marketing ads.
They do know that the word “man” is already gender-neutral? It’s short for huMAN?? Oh wait, they’re democrats.. My mistake.
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.”
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.
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.
With sequester and all how do they have the time and money to right these terrible injustices!!
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.
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.
So what are they going to do with ‘cockpit’?
This is going to be a real problem for the HuMan race.
Or a ‘Sperm Whale’?
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?
or thalidomide babies
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.
and what about languages that have gender built into the gramar?
OH WAIT.. it has SON in it...
This is sure hard...
Aliens would come here and declare “I can’t figure this place out. Should we obliterate them or just leave?”
Drat, now I've done it too!
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.
I got it, I got it!
Uh oh. That sounds too much like the place where Hillary would store her cigars.
I guess that won’t work.
Where they put the snuke?
hahaha...why does this remind me of “The Knights That Say ‘Nee’”?
And for all you people whose surnames end in “MAN”....
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.
Believe it or not, a lot of feminists actually use the term “womyn.”
I’m all for it - got to compromise sometimes with the broads!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oh but “woman” has the word “man” in it! Can’t have that! gotta change the spelling in the dictionary!
You would be offended, if you were actually a “womyn”.
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.
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