Controversy in Germany over a law written only in generic feminine

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He Ministry of Interior of Germany has objected to a bill drafted by the Ministry of Justice in which only the generic feminine, ensuring that its acceptance would go against the Constitution.

The socialdemócrata Christine Lambrecht, in charge of the Ministry of Justice, decided to write in feminine all the titles and functions that appear in the project on judicial administration and insolvency. For example, the project generically uses “director” instead of “director” or “consumer” instead of “consumer.”

The initiative was rejected by the Ministry of Interiorby Bavarian-born curator Horst Seehofer, who hopes the bill will be rewritten, spokesman Steve Alter said.

“The generic masculine, that is, the use of the masculine form of language, is recognized for people of both sexes,” said the spokesperson for this ministry. On the other hand the generic feminine It is not linguistically accepted to date, he added.

He Ministry of Justice accepted the revision of the bill before its presentation in the Council of Ministers and clarified that the drafting of the text “is not yet finished,” according to its spokesperson, Ariane Keitel.

The wrath of the CDU

This initiative awakened ira of the conservative party of the Chancellor Angela Merkel, CDU, which awaits a speedy presentation of this bill, which would prevent the bankruptcy of many German companies affected by the pandemic.The law proposes to extend the period of time before a company is declared insolvent.

“Dear Mrs. Lambrecht, choose any other law for these tricks,” said the Secretary General of the Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Party, Wolfgang Steiger. “The time to reform the law is running out, but the Federal Ministry of Justice is not taking it seriously,” he added.

For his part, far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) compared the initiative to “the provocative behavior of a child, something that is not worthy of a minister.”

In turn, the German Language Association (VDS) opined that “using this misleading formulation directly invites you to challenge a law.”

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