Berkeley Eliminates Gendered Words Like 'Manhole', 'Policeman', 'Pregnant Woman'

A 'manhole' will now be a 'maintence hole' in the City of Berkeley codes after city council passes ordinance

Berkeley, CA – The city of Berkeley has dropped words from city codes that refer to any type of gender so words like “manhole” and “manpower” will be deleted and replaced with “maintenance hole” and “workforce.”

Also, “he” and “she” will also be replaced with “they” and “craftsmen” will be referred to as “craftspeople” or “artisans,” according to KTLA.

The Berkeley City Council unanimously approved measure on July 17 to replace more than two dozen common terms, KTLA reported.

Councilmember Rigel Robinson, a 23-year-old graduate from California-Berkeley was a sponsor of the ordinance.

“In recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity,” said Robinson in a letter to the mayor and city council, according to ABC News.

In February, the city of Berkeley allowed city employees to add their preferred pronoun to their name badges, ABC News reported.

“There is power in language,” Robinson said, according to ABC News. “This is a small move, but it matters.”

Other changes include making “sorority and fraternity” into “collegiate Greek residents.” Pregnant women would be referred to as pregnant employees.

Councilmember Lori Droste, who also sponsored the ordinance, responded to critics on Twitter.

“We are not legislating how people talk to us but our message is that we serve people regardless of their gender," Droste said, according to ABC News. "We are forgetting what govt service is all about. We are here to help and serve and be inclusive. And yes, Berkeley is a beacon of light in some dark times."

Berkeleyside reported a list of the words to be changed.

Other terms included changing “brother” and “sister” to “sibling”; “Bondsman” to “Bonds-person”; “Policeman, Policewoman” to “Police Officer”; “Male” and “Female” to “people of different genders.”

The cost to update the city code is estimated to be $600.

Comments (52)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

They eliminated "pregnant woman"? You have GOT to be kidding me!

JBo
JBo

"...Berkeley is a beacon of light..."

Ummmm...no.

AprilShowers2
AprilShowers2

Pregnant woman??? Who is that supposed to be offending? Lmbo! Do we have pregnant men now too that they should be called pregnant people? 🤦‍♀️ I just can’t...

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

Its Berkeley, Its basically Antifas homeland.

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

So now pregnant woman is now heavily bloated person for nine months?

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

Berkeley is a cesspool of seweratic enlightenment...fracking, stupid, pos dimwits...lol!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

The stupidity runs deep in Berkley!

JBo
JBo

So, who are tampons for?

question evrything
question evrything

good thing they are so worried about this important issue! never-mind about things like potholes, unemployment, homelessness, police brutality, housing costs........

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Just another STUPID idea from California!!! Can't anyone out there stop this madness??????

Digger15108
Digger15108

This Country is so screwed. Freaking morons. Menopause? Menstruate? Ladyfingers? Don’t stop now Berkeley. Dumb asses.

TopDocBo
TopDocBo

If Berkeley, (or Berserkely), is a beacon of light, they need new batteries.

Sargejh
Sargejh

It’s Berkley. It’s California. So, who cares?? 🤪

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Here we go with the fucking hypersensitivity and all the whiners trying to create drama. That’s what you get when you let a wet behind the ears “entitled” 23 year old who has no life experience, and probably awkward social skills because all they did was play video games who “thinks” just because they just graduated college, and they’ve been away from mommy and daddy for 4-5 years, that they’re all big and grown.

LEO0301
LEO0301

To give you an idea of the type of people that come from Berkeley, look at our very own @Burgers Allday ...kind of explains it all, don't you think?

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

We should also push to have the word "Berkeley" removed. I am very serious. I find the word very offensive to any human with real intellect, common sense and a purposeful role in society.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

What douche bags voted this councilman into office? And WOW! His complaint cost the city only $600.00 to update their code. Didn't say how much revenue it will save the city. To all the good people of California - move out of the state quickly. Armageddon should start there some day soon. (And yes, to those who study the bible, I feel Armageddon will be in the Middle East.)

cspcapt
cspcapt

we shall just refer to all Californians as A#$%%$%holes

Stanracer
Stanracer

So some academic wizard wants to change a bunch of words. I don' t see all the normal people buying on to it. Just a big waste of time when this city council could be doing something important. 🤔

Skidoo
Skidoo

The difference between Kentucky fried chicken and Berkeley fried chicken is Berkeley fried chicken is 100% all left wings and assholes.

Mighty_Mouse04
Mighty_Mouse04

According to the intelligent person that wrote this legislation, shouldn’t they have also excluded the word person as is has the suffix “son” in it referring to a male child?

ForestRon
ForestRon

I guess when Lady Gaga performs there they will have to market her as Gaga....

Strider
Strider

😂😂😂😂😂

SAAM
SAAM

They're for vagina enabled humans.

Musicray
Musicray

They just don’t have anything better to do.. how about an itcover? A pregnant it? I bet Stephen King has a copywrite on that.. strange people in Berkeley

61mouse
61mouse

With all this shit going on, and the way the snowflakes are ruining our country I'm glad I have 1 foot in the ground .

REALITY_CHECK
REALITY_CHECK

Bunch of liberal fu*king idiots...

Justmetalking
Justmetalking

I call Berkley a "butthole".

Delshort
Delshort

How about changing the word liberal to candy ass !!

CopLivesDontMatter
CopLivesDontMatter

Oh boo fuckin’ hoo, a bunch of cuckservative snowflakes are gonna piss and shit themselves and cry about people doing shit to their oh so precious language

Grow a pair, snowflakes

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

This politically correctness has gone too far A man hole cover is still and always will be a man hole cover. It not surprising considering coming from a 23' year old that has no clue as to what the real world is like . But, anything is possible coming from CA.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Wow.... Groovy , Man

Bluemoon135
Bluemoon135

That's Berkeley, "Where the debris meets the sea". Very tough place to be a cop!

Tinman983
Tinman983

Is a**hole still a good word? Is it too exclusive when referring to the idiots who conjured this nonsense up?

jimpeel
jimpeel

So can we still say XY and XX genders?