Originally Posted by Boyo
I remember a few years ago there was this group of British women, who objected to the use of 'his' and 'him' in many words. They wanted to change it to 'her'. So we would end up with Hertory instead of History, or Heralaya instead of Himalaya.
My take on the issue: We'd be a lucky country if we wouldn't have bigger (gender-related) problems than this one. Well, we are a lucky country, but not that lucky, there are definitely bigger issues.
I don't care that much about the anthem, as it is piss poor, compared to others - I always envied other countries at Olympics or World Championships for their superior anthems - but that new piece "home to great daughters, sons" is plain ridiculous. How does that sound, only separated by a comma, "daughters, sons". What are daughter-sons supposed to be? She-males or just male grandchildren?
A really poor effort, in my opinion.
Lit: "When I say my sons, it could mean boys and girls"
Not sure how you mean it, but Söhne
, just like sons
refers to male children, noone here says "these are my sons", when one of them is a girl, but rather "these are my kids".
Of course the sons-bit in the anthem is meant in a general way, and is not meant to discriminate (I guess), the lyrics come from a woman, by the way (Paula v. Preradovic).
What is even more ridiculous is the "fatherland"-thing. Are we changing "mother tongue", too?
One interesting thing is that you see women either agreeing or disagreeing with the minister, but I am yet to meet a man (including this thread) who agrees with her point of view. Coincidence?