Jim Jordan Upset at House Rules for Gender-Neutral Language

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday January 5, 2021

Jim Jordan
Jim Jordan  (Source:AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Some Republican lawmakers are already up in arms about new House code of conduct rules that replace gendered pronouns with gender-neutral language, The Mary Sue reports.

In the rules package for the first session of the 117th congressional meeting, under the section for "Gender-inclusive Language," several rules are cited where specific instances of language will be replaced with gender-neutral language — such as "seafarers" for "seamen" and "chair" for "chairman" (both in rule X). In a further move toward inclusivity, specific references to "mother," "father," "son," "daughter" and more in rule XXIII will be replaced with more neutral language such as "parent," "child," "sibling," and so on.

Jim Jordan (R-OH) appears to be upset, seemingly misrepresenting for his constituents the actual language of the rules by melodramatically declaring:

Democrats are banning "gendered" pronouns from House rules:

Banned words: "father, mother, son, daughter, brother, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law."

Replacements: "parent, child, sibling, parent-in-law, sibling-in-law, child-in-law."

This is out of control. Can we get an amen?

While Jordan's allegation of a "ban" falsely suggests an infringement upon his private life and how he and others in his proximity choose to identify, the code of conduct itself is designed to be more welcoming to current and future non-binary members of Congress.

More importantly, Jordan — who has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual assault allegations when he was assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University between 1987-1995 — does not seem to understand what a pronoun is — and Twitter wasted no time in pointing that out:

Predictably as publicly outraged, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also chimed in, "This is stupid. Signed, - A father, son, and brother."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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