For reference, I am out of touch
[...] Chair is perfectly accepted as a word for the leader of a committee; see Civil Service guidance about removing gendered terms apparently [...]
[..] gender neutral drafting involves [...] avoiding nouns that might appear to assume that a person of a particular gender will [...] perform a particular role (e.g., "chairman")
, it's that there was a single woman at the AGM last week and what you had was a Zoom wall of older white men, and I say that as someone heading in that direction).
How do you define "harms" Ian
That is the fundamental issue with the rewriting history shenanigans currently in vogue. Perfectly acceptable, normal even during one time period might become deemed harmful in a different period. Who are we to judge the past, and the future even. And who are we to judge people who we are not. You end up with the other nonsense of people being offended on somebody elses behalf! (most likely they themselves aren't offended either)
I'm, and maybe some others who may or may not feel similarly, are being asked to vote to choose the next chairman to try and bring unity to the BCA... And the biggest topic....Chair.... Literally the preferred use of a title.
So why make a fuss? Why is this even a debate?
Instead of making sweeping strawman arguments about society in general, can anyone give me a clear example of one good reason to choose 'Chairman'? (both words being common, and Chair probably being more common than Chairman these days)
And yes, this is apparently the hill that I am willing to die on. Probably because sexism is important, and caving isn't (relatively speaking).
but the moral thing to do is to make the best choices we can, and that means making judgements about right and wrong (and shades of grey).
Yes. Chairman is a word which perfectly and accurately describes the individual in charge of a meeting, irrespective of gender, hair colour, skin colour, age. It is unambiguous and has just one meaning. That works for me.
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