Royal Canadian Navy to Replace 'Seamen' With Gender-Neutral Term | 22 Words

Societies across the globe are doing their best to make their homes more inclusive by implementing gender-neutral terms, but as the Royal Canadian Navy announces they want to also get on board, people are wondering if they have taken things too far now.

Now, they have explained why they have done it...

We're living in the era of gender fluidity.

Long gone are the days where there were simply 2 genders - Now, people can identify with up to 100 different genders or no gender at all.

More and more people are identifying as gender-neutral...

Or "non-binary", in other terms.

Just to break it down for you...

People use the term “non-binary" to describe genders that don’t fall into 1 of the 2 more traditional categories of male or female.

It can be a confusing concept to get your head around...

While some non-binary individuals identify as either having a gender which is in-between the 2 categories ‘man’ and ‘woman', others can fluctuate, or have no gender, either permanently or some of the time.

But how far is too far?

While people are completely free to identify how they wish, there are some who take the whole gender argument a little further than others.

Take gender slamming fictional characters, for example.

Yep, some people choose to take offense over the gender assumption of made-up characters. You know, the ones that are not real, or do not have a valid, real-life opinion on gender?

Last year, many called for Father Christmas to become a gender-neutral figure.

Even though Father Christmas is a fictional character made up for children, many parents called for the festive figure to not be gender-specific... which really wasn't necessary.

It actually caused quite a lot of outrage...

And many felt that by giving Father Christmas a gender-neutral label would just overcomplicate things for young children who are excited about the festive season.

You simply cannot change history...

But that doesn't mean we cannot be progressive and move forward.

And we can't forget about the whole "gingerbread man" debate, can we?

Some people were calling for the term to be changed to "gingerbread people." I can understand why people would find it strange...

More and more people are now making a conscious effort to include gender-neutral pronouns in day-to-day life.

And it's safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community is now bigger than ever and if they think this will help us move forward to achieve equality, then we should respect that.

So much so, that the United Nations shared this important tweet.

They wrote: "What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someone's gender or are referring to a group," along with a list of appropriate gender-neutral language to use.

For instance...

"Chair" instead of "Chairman", "Police Officer" instead of "Police Man", and "Spouse" instead of "Husband/Wife."

But people are questioning how necessary these changes are...

Even members of the community are condemning these kinds of performative actions as a means of diverting from the real problem.

And this can be seen in the latest swap the Royal Canadian Navy is setting up to make.

They have now announced that they will not be referring to junior sailors as "seamen" and instead will find a more "inclusive" title to name the category by.

This will be decided by the military as well as the public.

The move comes in the hopes that the juniors can be more proud of their ranks as well as feeling safer on duty.

But a lot of people aren't happy about the announcement...

Of course, they aren't.

But no one cared about it before, so why are you so outraged if it changes?

I've never even heard people casually talk about "seamen", let alone it being a "woman" issue? What is wrong with some people?

Other people simply dragged other non-gender neutral terms up...

It's already been changed to "postperson," but people still use the term "postman" of they want to.

And some were looking to the future...

But it's not that deep. Stop being so dramatic.

Commanders have taken responsibility for this new idea.

Why? Because they are trying to increase the diversity and inclusivity of the RCN.

Commander Deborah-Lynn Gates told The Canadian Press this:

"What this will do is ensure a safe environment so there is no double entendre."

She continued:

"Definitely at the tactical level, we want to make sure our most junior members understand and feel safe when they are being called their rank, being called their name or being addressed."

And the suggestions have already been flying...

One of the suggestions is changing the term to "sailor" but the public can also cast their votes or other alternatives at the end of this week.

So keep your eyes peeled!

Let's see what everyone decides to change it to. In other related news, keep scrolling to see how Charlize Theron is trying to change the world of gendered pronouns.