August 1, 2019
You may have heard that the Berkeley, California City Council recently voted to remove all references to gender from its municipal codes. The city’s manholes will now be known as “maintenance holes,” while brothers and sisters will be referred to as “siblings,” and the pronouns he and she will be replaced with “they.”
Meanwhile, in a nod to “raised awareness” of animal rights, officials at the Sonoma County Fair announced that children will no longer be engaged in the time-honored tradition of wrestling greased pigs. Instead, the competition will involve carrying greased watermelons through an obstacle course. I have to confess that, if one watches the video embedded in this L.A. Times story, one gets the sense that the pigs aren’t really enjoying this particular activity.