This sort of nonsense is not unique to Seattle. Earlier this year, Washington state lawmakers voted to change 40,000 words in state statutes to so-called gender-neutral language. The legislators banned fisherman, freshman, clergyman, and even penMANship. Needless to say, finding and replacing such words was a time-consuming and expensive project. Similar policies were adopted in Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois.
These words games are ridiculous. They are part of the efforts of the left to impose political correctness. A National Women's Law Center senior adviser said, "This is important in changing hearts and minds." But I'm not sure it's working. Even if there were as much sexism and discrimination in this country as the left claims, I don't think these word substitutions will do much to change it. These word games are also a gigantic waste of government time and tax dollars. I wonder how much Seattle's citizens -- excuse me, "residents" -- paid their bureaucrats to decide that "brown bag" lunch might hurt somebody's feelings.
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