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.
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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.