Thursday, December 8, 2022

SPler*innen defend themselves against gender star ban

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There are no National Councilors or Councilors of States in Bern. The gender asterisk and other typographical means used for gender-neutral language are taboo in the federal administration.

In a directive issued by the Federal Chancellery last year, the use of the sign is explicitly forbidden “for linguistic, language-political and legal reasons”. The ban applies to all federal publications, such as the ballot booklet, texts on websites, reports and Federal Council responses to requests. If a member of parliament uses the gender asterisk, the federal government omits it in the translation into the other national languages.

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