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    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    She, The Petitioner

    This is awesome!

    The New York state Senate and Assembly have approved bills that would require all petitions for public office to include feminine pronouns, its sponsors in the two houses said.

    Currently the language in all petitions is masculine and only provides options such as "he" and "himself." The new legislation will allow for the variations "she" and "herself" and will be applicable to all petitions, including those submitted when running for village and town boards, state Senate and Assembly, and for the office of governor.

    "This legislation, in a small but symbolic way, reflects the decades-long effort by society to promote equality. If signed by the governor, the legislation would amend the text of the election law by adding the feminine pronoun wherever the masculine pronoun appears," said state Sen. Thomas P. Morahan, R-New City, who introduced the bill.


    In addition to Morahan, we can thank Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, for introducing the bill to the NYS Assembly.

    Every once in awhile, I'm still proud to be a New Yorker.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

    I run into this all the time in my line of work and I gotta tell you, the whole he/she thing doesn't always work well if you're trying to make sense.

    My solution is to use they and be done with all the slashiness.

    Good on them for even thinking about it though.

    10:39 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    I could totally get behind "they" becoming official and grammatical. It's so natural!

    4:27 PM  

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