GRünen candidate for Chancellor Annalena Baerbock wants to ensure gender-equitable language in legal texts if they are successful. “I want to make politics for everyone, and that means addressing everyone – and not just thinking about it,” said the party chairwoman to the Berliner Tagesspiegel.
Language can also exclude. Society must pay attention to this. “Language is changing – today, for example, we speak more of” doctors “and not just of” doctors “because otherwise only the image of a man appears in the head,” said the member of the Bundestag.
“It is the same in many other areas. If I know that certain terms hurt individual people or groups, then one should try to express things differently, out of respect. had used.
It doesn’t have to be an asterisk
What kind of changes in legal texts Baerbock specifically envisions, does not emerge from the preliminary reports for the conversation. Gender-neutral language does not necessarily mean the use of controversially discussed special characters (“politicians”) or internal capitalization (“voters”). The German language offers numerous other ways of avoiding the generic masculine – if you want to.
For such a way the major German-speaking news agencies made a mutual agreement in June. So far, gender asterisks and other special characters correspond to “neither the official rules of German spelling nor the general understanding of language or general language practice.”