Status: 07.12.2023, 13:00 PM
By: Bettina Stuhlweißenburg
Markus Söder wants to ban gendering in schools and public authorities. Bad Wiessee's mayor Robert Kühn and Bayrischzell's mayor Georg Kittenrainer have commented on this. © Bernd Elmenthaler/dts Nachrichtenagentur/Imago/merkur.de-Collage
After the announcement by Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) to ban gendering in schools and administration, we asked a red and a black mayor for their opinion.
District – Bad Wiessee's mayor Robert Kühn (SPD) reacts with incomprehension to the announcement by Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) to ban gendering in administration and schools: "Gendering is an unexciting topic," he explains when asked. "Mr. Söder obviously misjudges reality. When I talk to students, they automatically gender." Even in his everyday political life, he has never seen a mayor who does not speak of citizens in a speech. "It's a matter of course today, you don't have to get upset about it," says the 41-year-old, who as mayor is also head of administration. There are more pressing problems: "In view of the challenges we are facing, I don't understand why people are getting so involved in the topic of gendering."
Populism divides society
Gender prohibition and gender coercion are two sides of the same coin: "I think everyone is allowed to do it as they please." Especially since society is developing into a plural one anyway. "It's automatic." The critics of gendering were too fixated on the gender asterisk. "The point is to allow less discrimination in language and to be considerate of each other," says Kühn. "But both the traffic light and the CSU uphold a dogma." Populism only promotes the division of society, but not pluralism. "Discrimination begins in language," says Kühn, who is known to be married to a man. "We have the opportunity to express that there is more than man and woman." Raising awareness of diversity is the basic idea of gendering.
Compulsion to gender is a "huge mess"
Bayrischzell's mayor Georg Kittenrainer (CSU) also thinks that there are more important problems than gender: "Financial policy, for example, or refugee policy, which the federal government imposes on us." Of course, he himself speaks of people from Bayerischzell, he has no problem with equal rights for women and is in favour of female managers. "But this compulsive gendering of language is a huge mess," says the 41-year-old when asked. Kittenrainer does not yet want to comment on the extent to which the announced ban on gendering in administration and schools is problematic: "I don't know the text of the law and I don't have a draft ordinance yet." He couldn't comment on something he didn't already know. Therefore, the question of the practical implementation of the ban in the administration is also premature. "But I assume that I will continue to speak of Bayrischzellers in the future."
As reported, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) had declared in his first government statement of the new term of office that he wanted to ban gendering in administration and in schools. The details of the specific design and implementation are still open.
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