Watch out! This one is really, really stupid.
Increasingly embarrassing New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation last week officially eliminating the word “salesman” in official parlance and replacing it with “salesperson.” “Jobs have no gender, but unfortunately, many of our state’s laws still use gendered language when discussing professions that are practiced by people of all genders,” state Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Nassau) said of the bill she sponsored with Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell (D-Manhattan).
No, unfortunately the legislators’ political party is now addicted to Orwellian GoodSpeak measures, as it tries to control thought by restricting language.
The new law also replaces “his” or “her” with “their” in relevant statutes affecting the real estate industry. Other new Big Brother laws in New York ban the official use of “mentally retarded” and “inmate” in favor of “developmentally disabled” and “incarcerated person.”
Did you know that Donald Trump and Republicans pose an existential threat to democracy?To make Hochul’s virtue-signaling (at least for those—you know, progressives—who believe censoring speech and thought is virtuous) especially ludicrous, her bill signing coincided with the beginning of rehearsals for an upcoming Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” which will begin preview performances on Saturday, September 17. The new law, peak Great Stupid, makes no sense when applied to the past, but then Hochul’s party continues to want to re-write and airbrush the past out of existence. There were no female traveling salespersons in the period of Miller’s play, and having a woman play a distaff version of Willy Loman would be as destructive to that classic drama, which is probably The Great American Play if anything is, as all-female casts are in the occasional misbegotten production of “Twelve Angry Women.”
In the new production, the Loman family is black, which makes the production “diverse.”
I regard the Left’s obsession with manipulating language to indoctrinate society as a throbbing neon tell that should warn everyone how proto-totalitarian these people are. It is amazing and depressing that so many fail to recognize it.