The terms ‘Mr and Mrs’ and ‘he and she’ could be a thing of the past in favour of gender neutral alternatives in a council vote next week. There are calls for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council to ditch so called ‘outdated terms’ such as ‘madam’ and ‘chairman’ and address all of its 395,000 residents using the same pronouns.
The new rules would apply in council meetings and could be extended to all official council communications, with people being addressed as Mx rather than Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms. The motion is calling for the use of ‘male universals’ and references to people’s sex or gender, when not required, to be scrapped.
Instead of people being referred to as ‘he’ or ‘she’ or ‘Mr or Madam Chairman’ they will be called ‘they’ and ‘chair’ in the future. The move is being led by Independent councillor L.J Evans who said that using masculine or feminine terms was ‘unnecessary’.