UN Virtue Signals on PC Gender-Neutral Language
The world body has a ridiculous list of recommended replacement words to promote "equality."
In a silly effort to promote the obviously false notion that gendered language is indicative of societal inequity, the United Nations recently released a social-media memo with the heading “What you say matters.” However, the admonishment is not about taking care regarding what one communicates; rather, the focus of the memo is on literal words. These UN busybodies have set themselves up as the “woke” word police.
Included in the memo is a list of common terms that should not be used if one does not know someone’s gender or if one is talking to or about a group. For example, instead of “mankind,” the UN recommends “humankind.” Don’t say “businessman,” but rather use “representative” (which doesn’t even come close to conveying the fundamental definitional root of the activity — “business”). And instead of “landlord,” one should say “owner.” Just imagine the confusion that would create. “Who called?” “Oh, it was just my owner.”
Witness the abject hypocrisy in the very memo itself, as the source of this nonsense is @UNWOMEN. Someone please explain how that is not gendered language.
As noted above, this push by the UN to police people’s language has everything to do with advancing a globalist political agenda, made even more ironic by the fact that the UN sees no problem with allowing nations with some of the worst human-rights records to sit on its Human Rights Council. As observed by U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft, “That one of the world’s worst human-rights abusers would be granted a seat on a body that is supposed to defend human rights is utterly appalling. … [Its] an embarrassment to the United Nations and a tragedy for the people of Venezuela.” And yet we’re supposed to take its advice on the English language.
In the end, one wonders if this politically correct virtue signaling is designed to distract from the fact that the UN’s World Health Organization has so grossly failed in responding to the global China Virus pandemic.
As usual, we prefer the Babylon Bee’s recommendations: