Berkeley Is Ditching All Its ‘Manholes’

They’ll be ‘maintenance holes’ under new language rules
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2019 10:24 AM CDT

(NEWSER) – There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into “maintenance holes” instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but “human-made.” And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join “collegiate Greek system residences” rather than fraternities and sororities. Berkeley leaders voted unanimously this week to replace about 40 gender-specific words in the city code with gender-neutral terms—an effort to be more inclusive that’s drawing both praise and scorn, per the AP. That means “manpower” will become “human effort” or “workforce,” while masculine and feminine pronouns like “she,” ”her,” ”he,” and “him” will be replaced by “they” and “them,” according to the measure approved Tuesday by the City Council.