Language of Exclusion

30 Mar

This is unacceptable on any grounds whatsoever. It cannot be seen as anything other than sexism for the sake of sexism. It is astonishing that, in the 21st century, boys ‘grow up’ to become politicians who even consider this a matter to be dealt with. In actual fact, when they do this, they are effectively declaring, ‘I am afraid of anything other than a patriarchy because I might not be able to maintain a sense of power without it.’ Makes me ask: Just why are some men so afraid of women?

One Voice In The Crowd

I was dismayed to read a blog by Kate Gallow referring to moves by the Queensland Government to revert to gender specific language within the Crime and Misconduct and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. Apart from structural legislative changes to the Crime & Misconduct Commission itself, it is the reverting to gender specific male language, which is also of concern.

Changes to language within the Bill includes:

Section 35 Amendment of s 224 (Qualifications for appointment as the chairperson)

(1) Section 224, heading, ‘as the chairperson’—

omit, insert

chairman and deputy chairman

(2) Section 224, ‘chairperson if’—

omit, insert

chairman or deputy chairman if

These changes are sexist in defining specific roles as those belonging to men with the exclusion of women. Over the past 30 years so much has been achieved to ensure that Queensland develops and maintains a gendered agenda. Ensuring women are equal within…

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