Now hear this. The U.S. Navy has announced plans that could scuttle titles like fireman, seaman, and yeoman because of the dreaded sexist word -man in them.
The Navy Times reports that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus “has ordered the service to review all job titles and consider removing any reference to ‘man’ in them, a move that could force name-changes to nearly two dozen specialties.”
In a directive to Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, Mabus wrote:
[A]s we achieve full integration of the force … this is an opportunity to update the position titles and descriptions themselves to demonstrate through this language that women are included in these positions. Ensure they are gender-integrated as well, removing “man” from their titles, and provide a report to me as soon as is practicable and no later than April 1, 2016.
“This isn’t a isn’t a draconian edict to get rid of all references to the word ‘man,’” said an official source who asked not to be identified.
It sure sounds like it, though.
Mabus, nominated for the post of Navy secretary by Barack Obama, has shown his PC colors previously. In May of 2015, he increased the body fat limit to make the service more friendly for women, and in September he argued that a study showing that men are superior to women in combat was biased.
If the secretary gets his way, someday there may be no place for males at all in this
man’s person’s Navy.