House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sparked widespread debate over her support of new rules including a ban on gendered pronouns and terms from certain legislation.
The measure was hailed by many on the left as a nod to a more “inclusive” legislative branch, but Pelosi herself appeared to violate the spirit of that rule during a speech from the House floor this week, as the Daily Caller noted.
Pelosi calls herself “wife” and “mother”
According to the Daily Caller, Pelosi was not technically in violation of the rule since her remarks came in the form of remarks from the floor on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, her continued use of gender-specific terminology appears to undermine the idealistic premise behind the rule change and opens the Democratic leader up to allegations of hypocrisy.
Pelosi’s recent use of gendered language came during her defense of the second impeachment effort against President Donald Trump. Her speech included several terms deemed off-limits under her own rules, including her self-description as “a wife” and “a mother.”
As the Daily Caller recently noted, the speaker’s social media presence includes similar language in her brief Twitter bio.
Of course, most Americans would not think twice about using such terms. By the standards of many modern progressives, however, Pelosi should be condemned for her divisive rhetoric.
“To ensure we are inclusive”
In defense of the recently enacted House updates, Pelosi worked in conjunction with Rules Committee Chair James McGovern (D-MA) to announce a slate of restrictions, ostensibly to promote “inclusion and diversity” while honoring “all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral.”
A Rules Committee booklet provided specifics, including: “Changes pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral or removes references to gender, as appropriate, to ensure we are inclusive of all Members, Delegates, Resident Commissioners and their families — including those who are nonbinary.”
The full extent of the rules change was clarified in an amendment titled “Gender Inclusive Language” that declared all gendered terms and pronouns were to be stricken from the record and replaced with more inclusive terminology.
Among the examples listed were “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, step-mother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or grand-daughter.”
Those terms, the new rules dictate, are to be replaced by such terms as “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild.”