WA state legislators demonstrate how “feminism” has once again failed us

Posted by: ST on April 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Shaking my head (hat tip):

(Reuters) – 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 new gender-neutral references, for example, include “journey-level plumber” instead of “journeyman plumber,” “handwriting” in place of “penmanship,” and “signal operator” for “signalman.”

“There’s no good reason for keeping our legal terms anachronistic and with words that do not respect our current contemporary times,” Kohl-Welles, the 475-page bill’s sponsor, told Reuters.

Several words, however, aren’t easy to replace, said Kyle Thiessen, the state’s code reviser, who heads up the 40-staff Washington Code Reviser’s Office agency.

The state likely won’t change the words “airmen” and “seaman,” for example, because of objections by the state’s Washington Military Department, he said.

Civil engineering terms such as “man hole” and “man lock,” also will not be changed because no common-sense substitutes could easily be found, Thiessen said.

Nearly 3,500 Washington state code sections, out of a total of about 40,000 have been tediously scrubbed of gender bias, although most involve adding pronouns “she” and “her” to augment the existing “he” and “his,” Thiessen said.

40, count ‘ em, 40 people staff the “Code Reviser’s Office  agency”? Wow. I guess Washington state has no more pressing issues to deal with than to tackle so-called “gender bias” where none exists.   The article mentions that – among others – my beloved state of North Carolina, sadly, has engaged in this effort to make man-haters feel relevant as well. Words fail …. *insert annoyed face here*

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  1. Claymores says:

    This is a very serious task that should only be handled by gender neutral people.
    Good luck finding any!

  2. Nate says:

    Fisher: http://tinyurl.com/38nymr

    No, I am NOT a weasel, okay?

  3. And history will not be changed to herstory.

  4. Carlos says:

    No, WA does not have any more pressing problems at the moment. It will be at least another 10 – 20 months before the negative impacts of their new pot laws are understood even by the idiots that run the legislature, so they’ve another 10 – 20 more months to do anything that makes the low-info voters there think they really are earning their pay+perks (not inconsiderable, even for a state).

    In the meantime, they can blithely point to this accomplishment and say, “See! We are really working for ALL the people.”

    What a bunch of maroons.

  5. Steve Skubinna says:

    Why do the progs always shriek about the need to fund “infrastructure,” but when we look at where the public money goes it’s always to crap like this? The more time your city and state government spends banning Big Gulps the less time they’re filling potholes or hiring paramedics.

  6. Phineas says:

    Wow. California has some catching up to do…

  7. ST says:

    “The more time your city and state government spends banning Big Gulps the less time they’re filling potholes or hiring paramedics.”

    Exactly!

  8. EBL says:

    Because there is nothing better for these employees to do?

    Oh by the way, back in Massachusetts, the Tsarnaevs were collecting welfare while they were making bombs!

  9. This is what comes of taking morons like Sapir and Whorf too seriously. But the Left is serious about it for other reasons: if they can induce in ordinary persons a habit of reflexive self-censorship — ultimately, a hesitance to state any conviction or opinion out of fear that it might offend someone — they can close down all significant political discourse, which has been their aim for a long time now.

  10. Lorica says:

    Several words, however, aren’t easy to replace, said Kyle Thiessen, the state’s code reviser, who heads up the 40-staff Washington Code Reviser’s Office agency.

    WTF…. is the state of WA so flush with money they can have a staff this big do something so entirely pointless?? Keep voting Democrat fools, soon you will be just like Illinois, broker than broke 100 billion in debt, and wondering what to sell so that you can pay your pension responsibilities for the remainder of the year. I guess Forest Gump was right… Stupid is what stupid does. But Hey, at least you are gender neutered. LOL – Lorica

  11. Kate says:

    @Lorica…yeah we missed the gravy train…Civil service jobs have come down to this…forget file dragging! Now we got the grammer police!

  12. Stephanie says:

    As an ‘east-sider’ (a person who lives east of the Cascades), we are so tired to of the west deciding for the rest of the state how to live…or now to speak! Our state has much bigger problems than worrying about gender neutral language. It seems only people who are so insecure would spend so much time and resources on something so ridiculous. I’d say ‘grow a pair’, but would be sucking up the patriarchy by using such masculine language and imagery…or something.#-o

  13. Lorica says:

    Kate, my problem is that with a staff that big, in this area, he must be making 120K to 150K to do this job. 40 people averaging 65K is 2.6M just in annual salaries. To do this job… That is fricking nuts.

    we are so tired to of the west deciding for the rest of the state how to live…

    Ohhh I understand completely Stephanie. As a “downstater” I get alittle tired of the idiots in Chicago deciding what this state does. It use to be that Chicago was such a mish-mash that they couldn’t get organized, but that all changed due to a certain group…ACORN. Since ACORN organized Chicago, we in downstate IL, have just been screwed royally. Even our current idiot Gov. got re-elected after he doubled our state income tax… I never thought that was going to happen. – Lorica

  14. Ryan says:

    California will get on this once they’ve finished banning as many guns and taxing ammo as much as possible.

  15. John A says:

    In those years, suppposedly looking at all law{s}, how many did they send to the legislature with the note “repeal this asininity” or some such?