The Gender-Neutral Language


The European Parliament has banned the use of terms that they think aren’t ‘gender-neutral’, whatever that means.

The European Parliament has prohibited the use of the terms ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ in case they upset female MEPs. 

According to a new “Gender-Neutral Language” guidance, the politicians are required to address female members by their full name only.

It has also revealed that ‘sportsmen’ should be called ‘athletes’, ‘statesmen’ should be referred to as ‘political leaders’ , and terms like ‘synthetic’ or ‘artificial’ should be used in place of ‘man-made’.

The guidance lists has also banned terms for describing professions, including fireman, airhostess,headmaster, policeman, salesman, manageress, cinema usherette and male nurse.

Now I am glad that gender-neutral language isn’t official in our part of the world. Else, we would be struggling to decide on how do we address our beloved nation – no Bharat Mata, no Bharat Pita – then Bharat what?

Worse, we can’t call our Prime Minister by his own name. Sorry, No Manmohan Singh or Womanmohan Singh allowed.

And the worst part – no Manishwa or Womanishwa. Just Ishwa. Isshhh…

Posted by Manish on March 17, 2009 in In Deshwa,Videshwa,What the Fishwa?

16 comments

1 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 9:04 pm }

hahahaha :lol: I love the Isshhh part – tho cute. hahahaha

2 Anshu { 03.17.09 at 9:19 pm }

You are beginning to sound like your favourite PVC Ash.. ishhhh….

3 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 9:52 pm }

Anshu what is PVC? I was trying to think of who this isshhh reminded me of? Now, my brain can concentrate on other useless things. :)

4 Manish { 03.17.09 at 10:04 pm }

PVC would be Polyvinyl Chloride – a kinda plastic that Ms. Aishwarya Rai is manufactured from. But it also stands for “Premature ventricular contraction” – a common ailment which a die-hard Bachchan household fan like Anshu gets when the anybody from the Bachchan family is not praised.

5 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 10:14 pm }

Thanks Manish. Anshu your turn… :)

6 Manish { 03.17.09 at 10:18 pm }

@Shobha, you like to play the boxing referee – right?

BTW, what’s your household record against K? I believe it would be 1267 –0 knockouts in your favour…

7 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 10:28 pm }

You are so right Manish

And, no I believe it’s more like 1256-11…. I let K win once-in-a-while. Now, don’t give away my secret, ok. :lol: My generosity overwhelms me. hehehehe

8 Manish { 03.17.09 at 10:33 pm }

Once in a year is generous enough. And stop that heheing…

9 Manish { 03.17.09 at 10:38 pm }

Actually Hehehe isn’t gender-neutral. As a lady, you should probably be sheshesheing

10 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 10:39 pm }

I’ll remember that! In that case, I’ve already reached my quota for this year. Yeah!

Ok, hahahaha :)

11 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 10:40 pm }

Oops our comments crossed.

Nah, I like hehehehe – shesheshe just does not work.

12 Manish { 03.17.09 at 10:44 pm }

The “hehe mademoiselle” might sue for copyright infringement

13 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 10:50 pm }

I’ll get Padma and Mmaoji on my side… and Raffu – I’m sure – I’ll win. Whose side are you on? If we have you also then we’ll definitely win. :)

14 Shobha { 03.17.09 at 10:55 pm }

Got to go. It was nice chatting with you Manish. Have a great day – no night. :)

15 Padma { 03.19.09 at 9:32 pm }

well i dont care and so i ll still go hehehehehehehe
GREAT lovely
and yes you are absolutely right ishwa isshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, i w\shall sue shobha for copyright infringement for sure.
hehehehehehehehehe
and how dare anybody take away my right to hehehehe???

16 mmao { 03.22.09 at 2:54 am }

manish this is the only time women say he he you want to stop that as well very soon you will be peeling the peels of matar

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