Alex Blaze

House rules go gender neutral

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 08, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: feminism, gender neutral, House of Representatives, language, Nancy Pelosi, women

Via Amanda Terkel, here's a bit of the changes to the House's rules:

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They went gender neutral, which is great. It recognizes the fact that many people in Congress are women and moves away from the idea that men are the more appropriate/normal/default sex of Congresscritters or people in general.

So apparently being aware of the words that are coming from one's mouth is not just for humorless feminists or dirty fucking hippies anymore.

The entire list of gender neutral changes to the House rules (links to pdf, gender changes start on page 9) is an interesting read. It doesn't take much to make language gender neutral, and it doesn't all have to be "he or she" or "his or her" if you use a little creativity.


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Let me tell you, though, if you want to remove gendered pronouns all together, that's not too hard in most cases either. I recently did that for an employee handbook, to recognize that our employees might not always be 'he's or 'she's.

In most cases, just pluralize it. Go from, "The employee should notify his or her supervisor" to "Employees should notify their supervisor." Voila. Genderqueers and others with non-binary pronouns are now included.