(TargetLiberty.org) – The United Nations is supposed to help the world cope with severe crises, so you’d expect them to be pretty busy right now dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. It seems they’re not putting their full efforts into fighting the disease, though, because they still had time to issue a nagging tweet on Monday about “gender-neutral language.
What you say matters.
Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someone's gender or are referring to a group. https://t.co/QQRFPY4VRn #GenerationEquality via@UN_Women pic.twitter.com/koxoAZZuxq
— United Nations (@UN) May 18, 2020
The tweet was quickly criticized for being an irrelevant distraction from more important issues, attracting a dramatic “ratio” of more than three replies for every like – most of them highly critical. While many of its suggested words are already widely used – “firefighter” or “police officer, for example – others attracted more pushback and some, like “representative” instead of “businessman” – are simply wrong. Answers seemed to show that replacing “husband” or “wife” with “spouse” was particularly unpopular.
With the UN wasting its time and attracting ridicule with projects like this, there are likely to be serious questions about why the US should continue its current level of UN funding in the future.
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