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Hamburg's CDU boss calls for a ban on gender-neutral language for government agencies

Hamburg - Hamburg's CDU boss Christoph Ploß has called for a ban on gender language in government agencies. "At home at the dinner table, of course, anyone who wants that should be able to change to their heart's content," said Ploß to Bild. "But I expect from civil servants, teachers and lecturers that they do not just arbitrarily change the rules and norms that apply in the service."

A law like the one being discussed in France is needed. There the government recently brought a bill for such a ban to the National Assembly. France's Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, banned written gender speech in schools in early May. The "inclusive" grammar is too complex, makes it difficult to learn the language and is incompatible with the rules agreed in the curriculum.

Ploß added that he was committed to social cohesion and a language that brought people together. "That is why I am against the fact that authorities, ministries, schools and universities, i.e. state institutions, use grammatically incorrect, artificial and ideologically motivated gender language that constantly emphasizes what divides."

Language is of enormous importance for living together and for culture. “Therefore, this point should be included in the joint government program of the CDU and CSU.” In addition, the gender language stands for the trend “that in our society people are increasingly classified into collectives”. In contrast to the other parties, the Union has not yet submitted a program for the Bundestag election.

Majority of Germans against gender-neutral language
A majority in Germany thinks nothing of the supposedly gender-neutral language. A survey conducted by the polling institute Infratest Dimap on behalf of Welt am Sonntag revealed that 65 percent are against greater consideration of different genders in language.

A majority of both men and women are therefore against gender-neutral speaking. AfD supporters (83 percent) were the most opposed, followed by FDP sympathizers (77 percent) and those of the Left Party (72 percent). Most of the supporters were found among the Greens (47 percent), but even there, the majority (48 percent) were against.

The supposedly gender-neutral language has found its way into more and more areas of society in recent years. At the end of last week, when asked by Junge Freiheit, Audi announced that it would adhere to it despite a lawsuit against an internal gender policy.

A linguist had previously made headlines calling for a gender-neutral reformulation of the Basic Law. The Duden, a dictionary of the German language had previously announced that it would add twelve thousand terms accordingly: “Mieter” (tenant) or “Bäcker” (baker) should be understood to mean exclusively male persons, while female persons can be found in the reference work as “Mieterin” or “Bäckerin”. Linguists and Germanists criticize this change in the generic masculine, sometimes sharply.

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