Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) together with Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) announced at the end of the week that they will soon introduce a resolution for a new House rules package that would include removing “gendered” terms like mother, father, brother, and sister from being used in the lower chamber.
According to the Daily Caller, after issuing a statement showing how proud she was of the new rules package, calling it the “most inclusive” in House history, social media users quickly identified that Pelosi must not be too keen on making such changes personally, as her Twitter bio still included the terms “grandmother” and “mother.”
As of this writing, Pelosi or her social media team still have not removed the terms from her bio and replaced them with “gender-neutral” alternatives.
No More Genders
In the announcement regarding the new rules proposed for the 117th session of Congress, the resolution stated that it would change “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.”
In Pelosi’s Twitter bio, she clearly describes herself as “Speaker of the House, focused on strengthening America’s middle class and creating jobs; mother, grandmother, dark chocolate connoisseur.”
Other social media users were quick to dig up older tweets posted by the Speaker, in which she refers to herself using those terms multiple times.
According to Breitbart, Pelosi boasted that “these future-focused proposals reflect our priorities as a Caucus and as a Country,” however, doing away with those nasty, gendered terms apparently aren’t apart of her personal future-focused plans.
A section of the clause regarding the new rules explicitly states that the gendered terms to be removed include, “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, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter.”
While the growing number of ultra-progressive House lawmakers have already celebrated the new gender-neutral-friendly rules proposal, a number of House Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), are less than thrilled with the idea.
In a Friday tweet, McCarthy took a shot at Pelosi and McGovern, calling the rules proposal “stupid” while taunting the Democratic House leaders in a tweet.
This is stupid.
– A father, son, and brother https://t.co/bG9SlRAy6N
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 2, 2021
He’s not wrong, either. Out of the mountain of problems facing America, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to burn out of control, focusing on removing gendered terms from Congress seems like it should probably be toward the bottom of any reasonable lawmaker’s priority list.