“Manholes” out at Berkeley; must now be called “maintenance holes”

From SF Gate: At a Tuesday night city council meeting, Berkeley became the first city in America to ban the use of natural gas piping in new construction. But that was not the only utility-related issue they saw fit to attend to. No, there was another matter on deck: Eliminating the gendered connotations of words like “manhole” in the city municipal code.

No longer will the streets of fair Berkeley be dotted with manholes, nary a womanhole or nonbinaryhole in sight. With Tuesday night’s vote, they have all been transmuted into “maintenance holes,” that highest, hardest glass manhole-cover finally shattered.

The item, originally on the council agenda for March 12, was sponsored by councilmembers Rigel Robinson, Cheryl Davila, Ben Bartlett and Lori Droste, reports Berkeleyside. The ordinance eliminates all gendered pronouns from the city code, replacing “she” and “he” with “they.”

“Manpower” will be referred to as “human effort,” and “man-made” objects will be described with terms like “human-made,” “artificial,” “manufactured,” “machine made” or “synthetic.”

Gendered professional terms like “fireman,” “firewoman” and “craftsman” will be swapped out for gender-neutral substitutes like “firefighter” and “craftspeople.” “Heirs” will become “beneficiaries,” a “sportsman” is now a “hunter,” and an “ombudsman” is now just an “ombuds.” The estimated cost of the revisions is a modest $600.

It was approved Tuesday night as a consent item without council discussion or public comment, Berkeleyside’s Emilie Raguso reported.

When King County, Wash. enacted a similar measure last year, some on Twitter were left wistful for the halcyon days when manholes were manholes; Many others were indifferent. “I gotta say as a female engineer in Seattle,” one woman wrote, “I really don’t give a crap what you call a utility access point.”

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William

The surrealism and ridiculosity of the left continues to escalate. What if a sportsman doesn’t hunt but only does catch-and-release fishing or mountain climbing, or cross-country skiing? Is “they” being mischaracterized or worse, misgendered? We’ll need legions of non-gender binary lawyers to figure it all out. They could find nothing better to spend 600 dollars on apparently. You could buy a Movado watch just like AOC’s for that. And what of “mailman”. Super-double toxic. Henceforth they’ll be referred to as personpersons or humanhumans, and mail as, I don’t know, correspondence I guess. Did the humanhuman deliver the correspondence yet? Berkeley… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

What many fail to understand is that these manipulative attempts at controlling speech have more to do with allowing someone else to decide what is “acceptable” than it is about someone’s damaged feelings.

The proper response should be, “I’ll say any damn thing I like, thank you very much”. All of these attempts at control should be systemically rejected. All of these geeks are control freaks.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

They haven’t even got “front hole” accepted yet. Are they abandoning front hole and back hole just to call em all maintenance holes? I think I will just stick to the language as I learned it. No changes needed.

Alma
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Alma

How far can they go with this. Manholes were and are for men to go underground and fix whatever goes wrong. Power companies didn’t have women working underground but now it’s all different, why not? unions ought to make it LGBTQ holes.

Watertender
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Watertender

What a fuckhead-fest… I fought that same shit when I tried to order manhole gaskets for the boilers where I was Chief. I was informed by purchasing that manhole was not politically correct and that it should be utility person access opening gasket.
In the same context my trade school journeyman’s papers say “Journeyperson”… I was rated as Fireman/Watertender on the ships but saw a recent obituary where it said “He was a United States Navy Firefighter” I am just about fed up with the PC bullshit when it comes to this stuff….

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

This just proves that there are far too many politicians who have much to much time on their hands . . . so they go looking for dumb bunny ideas to make into laws!

Dr. Eowyn
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Among the many serious problems plaguing Berkeley are pedestrian and bicyclist deaths & injuries. But Berkeley’s mayor and city council are just too busy dealing with real problems like politically-correct language use. /Sarc

Lophatt
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Lophatt

But men must have holes, otherwise why would they need abortion services?

Alma
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Alma

This is putrid, a society in decay.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Now that we solved that problem let’s move on to establishing that Unicorns might be real and determine if Rainbows do indeed, have an end.