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EU Parliament Triggered By Patriarchy; Urges “Gender Neutral” Language

Via Zerohedge

EU Parliament has progressed down the wormhole of diversity and emerged with a new mandate; MEPs are now encouraged to use gender-neutral language so as not to offend esteemed non-male colleagues, as reported by The Telegraph.

According to a guidebook sent to members of parliament, words such as “mankind” and “manpower” are to be replaced with gender-neutral terms such as “humanity” and “staff.”

Officials and MEPs in the parliament, which has seats in Brussels and Strasbourg, have been sent a guidebook on using gender-neutral language in communications, EU legislation and interpretation. It calls on them to avoid the “generic use of man”.  

Gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language is more than a matter of political correctness,” the guidebook reads, “Language powerfully reflects and influences attitudes, behaviour and perceptions.”

“Political leaders” should be preferred to “statesmen” and items should be called “artificial” or “synthetic” rather than “man-made”. –Telegraph

The term “businessman” or “businesswoman” are now out, according to the guidelines – which recommends “businessperson.”

The guidebook notes that while the new language isn’t “binding,” it is recommended.

“The use in many languages of the word ‘man’ in a wide range of idiomatic expressions which refer to both men and women, such as manpower, layman, man-made, statesmen, committee of wise men, should be discouraged,” reads the pamphlet.

“With increased awareness, such expressions can usually be made gender-neutral.”

The parliament’s secretariat described the guidebook’s aim as promoting non-sexist, inclusive and fair language and “aims to avoid phrasings that could be seen as conveying prejudice, discrimination, degrading remarks or implying that a certain gender or social gender represents the norm”. –Telegraph

Lee Rotherham of the Red Cell think tank sums it up: “We should expect as much from an organisation that is so nervous about offending people it puts non-existent bridges on its bank notes,” referring to how euro notes include fake architecture to avoid accusations of favoritism.

Last year European Parliament published a similar pamphlet to help MEPs avoid accusations of sexual harassment – which recommended avoiding pinching or rubbing up against staff.

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December 31, 2018

Changing the language is just a bandaid — it will verbally cover up the rot that exists at deeper levels, but it won’t get rid of the rot. “Feminists” and other SJWs aren’t really interested in changing the system — so they are satisfied with this verbal smoke & mirrors. It makes them feel virtuous that they have done something to “make the world a better place.”

December 31, 2018

It is sad that all these feminist movements have one and only one goal: to erase history and mankind’s changing place within it. Ripping down monuments of past heroes because they weren’t up to snuff to feminism’s incapacity to see progress as a slow coming to terms by society of what is human and what is inhuman, leads to forgetting history and what it has to say in comparison to the present. That prevents all future progress. Feminism itself is a retrogressive movement because it wants to correct past injustices with present sanitizing of language. That is inevitably a loss… Read more »

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