Status: 07.12.2023, 14:37 PM
By: Leyla Yildiz
Gendering continues to be a big topic for debate. Markus Söder now wants to do something about it and ban gendering in schools and authorities.
Munich – The city of Munich, as well as the Archdiocese for Munich and Freising as well as Audi, is doing it: gendering. To date, gender-neutral language has found its way into more and more public bodies as well as companies. But this is not always met with much love. One person who also has nothing to gain from gendering is Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder. He made this clear in his first government statement of the new legislative period to the Bavarian state parliament.
Markus Söder wants to ban gendering in schools and public authorities. © Bernd Elmenthaler/dts Nachrichtenagentur/Imago/merkur.de-Collage
"For Bavaria, I can say: with us there will be no mandatory gendering. On the contrary, we will even prohibit gendering in schools and administration," he said on Tuesday, December 5. He even received a lot of applause for his remarks. However, he did not say more.
Söder wants to ban gendering in schools and authorities: He voiced criticism as early as 2021
But why is Markus Söder against gendering? Back in 2021, he said in an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine that he was critical of "special language guidelines at universities." "It can't be that students might get a lower grade just because they don't use gender asterisks," he said. "That is not possible, Bavaria is a free state and not a state of instruction." Everyone should use language as he or she wants – but everyone should make sure to show sensitivity and respect. "But it is not acceptable that language is prescribed in the end," he made his opinion clear at the time. This, in turn, contradicts his own words on Tuesday, when he now wants to ban gender language.
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However, the debate about gender-equitable German language is not new. As early as the 70s, according to the Baden-Württemberg State Agency for Civic Education, the first voices calling for this were raised. To this day, proponents are primarily concerned with the equal treatment of all genders and identities. Opponents perceive gendering, among other things, as a distortion of language, as colons or asterisks are used, or as paternalism.
Criticism on the subject of gendering: Dieter Hallervorden is not a fan
Actor Dieter Hallervorden made this clear in an interview with the Tagesspiegel in 2021. "As a cultural asset, the German language belongs to all of us. Language evolves on its own, but not by order from above, from whatever side," he said. "Gendering is not language change, but an artificial, politically motivated intervention in established language structures."
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What exactly Söder's plans for his announced ban will look like is still written in the stars. The only thing that is certain is that it will affect all schools and authorities in Bavaria – and that the debate around gendering will be further heated. (ly)
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