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07-11-08, 12:10 AM #1
Men working signs "discriminatory"
Political correctness rules the road in Atlanta — which is replacing all its "Men at Work" signs with gender-neutral ones after a women's magazine editor complained of bias.
The project, which involves painting over the existing 50 "Men at Work" and "Men Working" signs with those that say simply "Workers Ahead" or "Workers," will cost a total of $1,000, Atlanta Public Works Commissioner Joe Basista told FOXNews.com.
About half of the city's 100 Public Works employees are women, said Basista, so he complied with PINK magazine editor Cynthia Good's request to stop warning passersby of men at work when women were right there alongside them.
"It seemed like the right thing to do," Basista said.
The change-over, which Basista wants to complete by the end of the month, has met with little resistance so far, he said.
But it could raise eyebrows when Good goes national with her crusade — which she's planning to do.
"We're calling on the rest of the nation to follow suit and make a statement that we will not accept these subtle forms of discrimination," she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The city will have to shell out an additional $144 per new sign ordered in the future, Basista said. But the $1,000 initial cost to paint over the existing ones is not a big hit to the Public Works budget, especially since national industry guidelines suggest gender-neutral road signs, according to the commissioner.
"We hadn't really thought about it before," said Basista. "I said, let's do it. We're changing the signs now. We're hoping to encourage others to follow."
The "Men at Work" roadway warnings were used throughout Atlanta and would often be posted where women were toiling next to their male counterparts.
The project was launched on Thursday, according to Basista.
Some female Public Works employees complained about the male-focused signs years ago, according to city union leader Gina Pagnotta.
"It is a little bit biased to say 'Men Working,'" she told the Journal-Constitution. "Women are working, too."
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07-11-08, 12:14 AM #2
Good Grief. What do they want? Construction Ahead or Construction in Progress? I think CA is already using Construction Ahead signage.
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07-11-08, 02:24 AM #3
For the women on here............ do you all really care if the sign says men at work?
07-11-08, 03:27 AM #4
I think in general it's good to use gender-neutral language whenever possible, but I'm not so concerned about the language itself--policies and actions are more important than words. Once there is gender parity in a workplace, the old sexist language will sound increasingly absurd and fade away as people stop using it on their own.
07-11-08, 09:59 AM #5
I don't give damn about the langage. It is going to cost the taxpayers money to replace all of the signs just to make this idiot feel better. It is not the government's place to make people feel better. Especially at taxpayer's expense.
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07-11-08, 10:03 AM #6
07-11-08, 02:06 PM #7
I've seen the pace at which road crews work in Atlanta, and it should be called "Men Breastfeeding Shovels" instead of "Men at Work."
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I don't care what the sign says. All I want is a warning that their standing up the road leaning on their shovels.
07-12-08, 08:35 AM #11
The way i see it. Just leave the signs as is then when it come time to buy new one then get the "workers at work" "construction ahead" " workers standing around doing nothing for 3 months" or what ever gender neutral signs they got.
07-12-08, 08:51 AM #12
Oh for the love of all that is holy...what a waste of time and money. WHO THE HELL CARES! At some point all the "political correctness" crap has got to stop...it is getting riduculous.Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
07-12-08, 10:11 AM #13
I never really gave it much thought, but now that I do, I don't give a rat's behind what the signs say. Seems like some people just need a reason to complain about something.
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That's just what Atl. needs, to spend more money that they don't have. They just closed a fire house and eliminated LE and FD jobs along with the about 500 other employees that they fired last month."A Knights Oath
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07-12-08, 12:17 PM #15
If they want to replace old broken signs with gender-neutral ones, who the hell cares... But scrapping good signs at taxpayer expense is stupid.
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