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Berkeley City Votes For Changing Manhole to Maintenancehole for Gender-Nonconforming Terms

Change is definitely costly, right? I admire the willingness of Berkeley City Council to spend money in order to amend its municipal code to excise gender-specific terms in favor of gender neutral ones - this includes changing “manhole” to “maintenancehole”.

Quite long compared to the original, right? The name-changing costs the city approximately $600. This proposal was first introduced by Council member Rigel Robinson on March. It was last Tuesday when the Berkeley City Council voted for this to proceed.

A city staff memo included in the paperwork for the vote notes that “in recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender-nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity. Therefore, it is both timely and necessary to make the environment of City Hall and the language of city legislation consistent with the principles of inclusion.”

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The list also suggests to replace "Pregnant” (woman, women)" by “Pregnant employees”.. ..which i consider a little confusing... Pregnancy or gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman (human female). That is, if someone is pregnant, this is also a sufficient criterion to determine this person as "women" in the biological sense. Even Thomas Beatie does not change this fact.
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