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Pronouns are a thing, but they aren’t the thing for the most part. They’re about simple interpersonal communication and respect (it’s no big deal to make a mistake, it’s pretty insulting to adamantly insist on using the wrong ones), but they tend not to be a major factor in, say, the political agendas of most feminist and/or LGBTQ communities, that I have ...


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Yes, but as a small part of the larger US culture wars The push to use gender neutral pronouns, or to insist that people must use the pronouns that they are explicitly told to use or face ostracism and/or criminal penalty, is an extremely recent phenomenon. The recentness of this is primarily a result of the broader LGBT movement successfully making gay ...


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Do European politicians typically do this too (Emphasis mine) Politicians who sport a pronoun in their profile are not typical in the US. I'm struggling to imagine how they might be more common in Europe. If we consider the Democratic candidates for 2020 as a sample, only Warren, Booker, Castro, and Steyer have a pronoun tucked into their Twitter profiles ...


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There are movements for gender-inclusive language in almost every language that has grammatical gender, though the extent and favored solutions differ in each. Wikipedia has a long document discussing gender-inclusive language choices in many languages. Obviously, it's hard to know how prevalent or accepted these are as a foreigner, and as you can see, the ...


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"Unborn baby" is not a protected characteristic and hence the "unborn" cannot be discriminated against. Many would argue that the "unborn" are not legally persons and as such have no rights that can be violated. Even if the fetus has rights, so does the pregnant person and it is in no way obvious that the fetus's rights override ...


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Interesting question. I compiled a partial answer for Sweden. Swedish is rather similar to English with regards to pronouns and genders. I assumed that if there where any pronouns on twitter pages they would be most common for politicians in the Miljöpartiet (Greens), or Vänsterpartiet (Left). Working from the list of people in the Riksdag we have Party ...


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Because it is not always appropriate to use someone's nickname when referring to them and I don't think it is a stretch to say a presidential debate is not a place for nicknames. There is also the question why some people get addressed with proper titles and names while others only get nicknames. When referring to fellow members of government in a setting ...


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What this question seems to ask is why the unadjusted gender pay gap is often cited (which just compares the national average incomes of men and women) when we also have an adjusted gender pay gap statistic which apparently is "more correct"? The answer is that both numbers are important, but they are important to point out different kinds of gender ...


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Those are two separate issues, so my answer will try to address them in two parts. Gender neutral language Gender neutral language is less of an issue in English, as it's not a very gendered language in the first place. It is an issue in a couple of cases though. For example: Gendered nouns: Most nouns aren't gendered ("doctor", "students&...


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There is no factual basis for the claim that incorrect pronoun use will lead to negative consequences. The bill does two things: It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes under the Canadian Human Rights Act It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes to the criminal code, specifically to a section about hate propaganda and to ...


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This has been the policy of the UK Government with respect to legislation drafting for over a decade. On March 8th 2007, then Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw issued a written ministerial statement on gender neutral drafting: For many years the drafting of primary legislation has relied on section 6 of the Interpretation Act 1978, under which words ...


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However, when it comes to the renting - it all magically goes away It doesn't look like it. The only case where owners are allowed to discriminate is when (source): the owner is living in the property, and the owner is selling or letting the property without using an estate agent, and the owner is not advertising the sale or letting of the property - a for ...


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Warning - Polish-centric answer: TLDR: No one tried this in Poland, it would be politically a bad move and linguistically total horror In Polish language we indeed have genders: "kubek" (mug) is "he", "klawiatura" (keyboard) is "she", "drzewo" (tree) is "it". To make everything more complicated "dziecko" (kid) is "it", "osoba" (person) is "she". Gender ...


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Why is the gender pay gap so large in the United States despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963? Because it isn't. In short, the much-cited "77 cents" figure is from the "lies, big lies, and statistics" department of political propaganda. The real unexplained wage gap is 94% The AAUW has now joined ranks with serious economists who find that ...


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Yes, Wales comes to mind. From section 3.1(b) of the Welsh government guide "Writing Laws for Wales": techniques for drafting legislation in gender-neutral terms Which then goes on in various sections to describe how to do so in both English and Welsh. Additionally, Wales positions itself as: a country with a strong tradition of inclusivity and ...


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I think anyone reading the laws the bill modifies could reasonably come to that conclusion. According to the text of the Canadian Human Rights Act: It is a discriminatory practice, directly or indirectly... in the course of employment, to differentiate adversely in relation to an employee, on a prohibited ground of discrimination. and: It is a ...


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Your question is a little confusing because on one hand (title) you ask about a movement, and on the other you ask about a government program. I don't know about the latter, but there is an "American Assembly for Men in Nursing". As for starting some mere "encouragement" government program, if Australia is a good proxy, men migrated out ...


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Contrary to another answer, there's by now actual evidence that the bill has led to actual negative consequences. Lindsay Shepherd, a TA at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, was reprimanded by the universitry, NOT for even using the wrong pronoun, but simply for using the youtube clip during a lecture which showed a debate about usage of pronouns (and ...


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Few voters are more/less likely to vote for a candidate because she is a women. A recent pew poll 71% of the public said it would not matter if a candidate for President was a woman. The only traits with less impact on support for a candidate were whether the candidate was Hispanic, Catholic, in their 40s, or attended a prestigious university. Other polls ...


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The untested premise here is that males receive harsher sentences for these kinds of crimes than females. To address your question and provide you with references you can read, I won't cite anything behind a paywall, which is tough. Luckily, someone posted their M.A. thesis on exactly this subject online for free. It was completed in 2012 under the faculty ...


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In addition to what was already said, there were also some locality based anti-discriminatory laws being passed to the effect, which is something that would not happen without some political traction. The NYC Commission on Human Rights Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression: Local Law No. 3 (2002); N.Y.C. ...


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From your newsweek link: "I wonder if Republicans understand how much they advertise their disrespect of women in debates when they consistently call women members of Congress by nicknames or first names while using titles & last names when referring to men of = stature," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "AOC is a name given to me by community &...


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The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, the latest year for which statistics are available at time of writing being 2018, gives a breakdown by sex for arrests made during the year. In particular, for arrests in general, 5,684,385 males were arrested, compared to 2,126,700 females. This represents a ratio of about 2.67 to 1. With respect to 'crimes ...


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You have a very simple view of the gender wage gap. If it were correct, there'd indeed be nothing to worry about. But if you look at Wikipedia's article on the gender wage gap in the US, you get statements such as these (with sources to back them up): A 2010 study by Catalyst, a nonprofit that works to expand opportunities for women in business, of male ...


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There isn't a flaw in the bill. The $0.77 metric is a raw number. It sounds good, but it fails to take into account any other factors This Slate article helps to explain the flaws The official Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But ...


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In USA (and likely, in the rest of the western countries) the gender gap is decidedly the opposite to what your thesis is for Russia (though, without details of Russian polls and statistics, I am unsure how much of the data in your question is a personal guess and how much a fact). The people press has reported recent statistics (this is Pew which is ...


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It is a reflection of traditional gender rôles and stereotypes. The husband earns the money, the wife cares for the children. The husband would be older than the wife and so would start receiving a pension at about the same time. Also, women were seen as weaker and frailer and less able to work into her sixties. These rôles were never as fixed as lawmakers ...


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The current UK government's official position is given in a report published in November 2017: The Government takes its international commitments very seriously and will only take steps toward ratification when we are absolutely satisfied that the UK complies with all articles of the Convention. Before the UK can be considered to be fully compliant, there ...


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