California city will change “manholes” to “maintenance holes” for gender neutrality
In a move to accommodate those who seek non-gendered language, Berkeley, California will be moving to increase its usage of gender-neutral words.
“Craftsmen” will become “artisans,” or “craftspeople.” “Firefighter” will replace “fireman” or “firewoman.”
This resolution follows a unanimous decision on the part of Berkeley’s City Council, which moved to replace a plethora of terms. The idea was sponsored by councilman Rigel Robinson, the youngest Berkeley council member in history.
“Gender-neutral language creates a lot of room to acknowledge that it’s not just men running the country,” commented the council member.
Robinson rejected the complaint that the bill was a waste of the legislatures times pointing to an otherwise productive council meeting, including unique environmental restrictions on developing buildings.
“We are capable of doing more than one thing at a time,” Robinson said. “We’re not just looking at symbolic things.”
“Awareness and issues of gender identity are often particularly visible on college campuses, but it’s important that it doesn’t stay there.”