Berkeley Outlaws “Manhole,” Other Gender-Exclusive Words

A security worker searches down a manhole near the Vatican as police tighten security in Rome June 3, 2004. U.S. President George W. Bush is due to arrive in Rome for a 36 hour visit early on Friday and Italian officials fear a repeat of the violent clashes that marred the G8 summit in Genoa three years ago when a protestor was killed by police and hundreds of activists and police were wounded. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi DJM – RP5DRIDUSLAA

In what might be the most absurd example of political correctness – and one you might also expect from the ultra-leftist community – the city of Berkeley, California, has outlawed the use of the term ‘manhole’ and other gender-exclusive words.

Orwell would call it, ‘New-Speak.’ A violation of it would be called a ‘Thought-Crime.’ The relationship between words and thoughts is inexorably linked, and progressives know that banning words is as good as banning thoughts. After all, the inability to express ideas is as powerful a tool of expression as the ability to ban ideas themselves. And liberals don’t want you to know that men and women are different, and that concrete, unchangeable, permanent, biologically-connected genders (complete with gender differences) exist.

For example, manholes are probably called manholes because men go down into dark holes with tools to fight rats, sewer-crocs and possible Ninja Turtles, while women typically don’t. But, alas, we’re not supposed to say such a thing.

On June 16, the Berkeley City Council voted to ban gender-exclusive words like manhole, fireman, councilman, and manpower. Any word designating either gender (there are only two genders) will be banned from use in city documents. Rather than “manhole,” the hatches will be called, “maintenance holes.” Rather than “manpower,” the term will be “human effort.”

There was no discussion on the resolution, and it passed without the slightest hint of controversy.

Rigel Robinson, the council member who authored the resolution, said, “There’s power in language. This is a small move, but it matters.”

The resolution will also gender-neutralize pronouns in all city documents, replacing “he” and “she” with “they.”

Robinson continued, “Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not reflective of our reality. Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that.”

Berkeley has a crime rate that is upwards of 99% higher than other cities throughout the United States. Violent crime in the city is 42% higher.

It would seem that Berkeley needs policemen with a stronger dose of toxic masculinity, who can bust some kneecaps and restore order in the lawless town. But instead, the city has set about to emasculate the city and neuter its language.

As always, liberals’ priorities seem to be right on point.