I'm Not Allowed to Man a Charity Stall. Really?

By Val
@valmnz (12595)
New Zealand
September 18, 2015 7:57pm CST
I offered to man a stall at a local charity event, just for an hour, sharing my bit with lots of other volunteers. I was told I can't man it, I'm a woman. I can't woman it either, or person it, that just doesn't sound right. My friend, who said we're not allowed to man things any more, suggested staff it, but no, I'm a volunteer, staff are paid usually. What is wrong with this world? I have no objection to using the term man to describe how I stand behind a stall, attending to the needs of those dropping by. Why should I change my use of the English language now, because people object to the supposed sexist nature of the term? My dictionary tells me that to man something is to provide with sufficient men for operaion, or to take one's place at or near in readiness for action. That's good enough for me. I'm a woman who chooses to man a stall. What do you think?
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@jaboUK (48829)
• United Kingdom
19 Sep 15
Oh sheesh, when will this political correctness stop!! Ridiculous.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
This was an American directive from an organisation I belong to. Crazy eh!
@MALUSE (28846)
• Denmark
19 Sep 15
Hello! This is MA-LU speaking. Curiosity has sent me here. When I opened the site, I thought I was on bubblews. With the exception of one member I only saw faces and user names I know. --- As to your question: Of course, a woman can be generous and feel addressed by the term 'man', too. Yet, think of it the other way round. Would a man accept a female term? I can't imagine this. Of course, there aren't many (if any at all) which shows that English - like all other European languages I know and know about - is inherently sexist. In Italian, for example, the word for 'children' is the same as 'boys'. In German (as it was in English before 'they' and 'their' was inntroduced) somebody, anyone etc. are followed by 'his'. Scandalous, isn't it?
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@Rollo1 (16676)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Sep 15
Glad you decided to come over. Willkommen.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
So good to see you here @MALUSE yes there are many familiar faces here. I joined last week, as did some of the others, and it was like a big reunion.
@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
19 Sep 15
That is ridiculous - and obviously someone that doesnt have the understanding of the proper English term "man a stall" I am ALL woman and I MAN plenty!! Tell him that!!!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
The person who told me was extremely embarrassed herself - we are expected to adapt American terminology.
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@celticeagle (111680)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Sep 15
I like Inlemay's take on this. " I am ALL woman and I MAN plenty!! " That is great.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
The women who have brought this PC stuff about through their actions need to be shot.
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@celticeagle (111680)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Sep 15
@valmnz Not sure I understand that.
@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
@celticeagle I think I mean I have little time for those who have expanded what were once genuine sexism issues to this point where we must make a stand for every little thing. Some words are not worth arguing over.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
19 Sep 15
Oh geez...political correctness and the PC police are driving me up the proverbial wall. No more postman...postperson no more anchorman...anchorperson I fear we are becoming a nation of whining wusses.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
It's a generic term and has nothing to do with gender. Whining wusses must not rule our world!
@Rosekitty (19500)
• San Marcos, Texas
19 Sep 15
@1wldngl..don't forget Hurricanes now are men names too
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
@Rosekitty ha, ha, yes I hadn't picked up on that .
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@Rollo1 (16676)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Sep 15
People like that make me sigh. Surely no woman feels diminished in her womanhood when she is said to "man" a stall. It is just stupid naivete to think that they can change hearts and minds by changing words. This over-sensitivity to words speaks to a deeper problem of the lack of mature thinking.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
I agree @Rollo1 there are many things I do consider sexist, but I have no problem with this
@sueznewz2 (8771)
• Alicante, Spain
19 Sep 15
@rollo Exactly....
@Susan2015 (17604)
• United States
19 Sep 15
That is just plain silly and they must not want volunteers that bad.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
They needed me, but were just correcting my terminology :-)
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
19 Sep 15
@valmnz well I hope you Terminology showed them how MAN-up you can be - wakakaka - thats my hysterical laugh - thinking what I would have said
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@sueznewz2 (8771)
• Alicante, Spain
19 Sep 15
Another example of the stupidity of 'political correctness' ...
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
Hear, hear
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@glenniah (1252)
• Mandurah, Australia
19 Sep 15
This is political correctness gone berserk. I'm comfortable in my own skin, if a man opens the door for me I will thank him and sail through. If I'm first at the door I will open it for him. So did you end up 'manning' or 'personing' the stall, Val
@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
@glenniah I ended up volunteering on the stall my choice of word.
@callarse1 (4796)
• United States
19 Sep 15
You can man something. You are right that you an use that. You can use "work" as a synonym I suppose.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
Yes Scott, I chose volunteered on in the end.
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@callarse1 (4796)
• United States
19 Sep 15
Nice. I wonder why they had a big deal with you using that word. It's not like they were paying you in cash.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
@callarse1 t was a directive from the American headquarters of the organisation
@allknowing (54669)
• India
20 Sep 15
I had this issue how to put it when I was having a' one man' exhibition of flower arrangements. These expressions are there to stay and trying to change them at this stage is not called for although nowadays I do hear the expression chairperson and not chairman.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
20 Sep 15
Yes, finding an alternative is difficult. I guess you were having a one contributor or one exhibitor event. I decided I was volunteering on the stall. Choosing alternatives does make us think.
@allknowing (54669)
• India
20 Sep 15
@valmnz I had created flower arrangements and then exhibited them.
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• United States
19 Sep 15
mercy sakes! all this political correctness 'n other cow patties flyin' 'round 've jest made a mess 'f schtuff, aint it? kinda like the sayin' 'round here 'cowboy up'. it jest don't ring the same 's 'cowgirl up'. sounds like its jest a girly thingy 'n not to be taken serious. perhaps i'm jest brain-washed? no more 'mailman', but 'mail persons/'r carriers'. jest makes yer head swim, don't it?
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
Sure does crazyhorselady. Wow, even cowboys are affected by it too?
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• United States
20 Sep 15
@valmnz yes ma'am, aint that funny 's heck? those 'cowgirls' get quite upset when ya tell 'em to cowboy up coz they broke a nail, 'r got kicked by a steer. the 'real' 'uns don't pay no mind to such - thank the stars!
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@Raelove (14016)
• Saco, Maine
19 Sep 15
I agree with you. The "language correctness" thing has gone way too far. I have never had a problem with calling it "mankind" or using "man" in any sense to indicate either gender. So go ahead: woman up and man that booth!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
It's all a bit crazy isn't it
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@Raelove (14016)
• Saco, Maine
19 Sep 15
@valmnz Yes it is. And the fact that there are still people who insist on it is even crazier.
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@Jessicalynnt (48199)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Sep 15
I think there are times being careful what words we use matters but I also think that we take this PC thing WAY too far.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
Exactly, and if no one objects why make a fuss of it.
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@bluesa (9767)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Sep 15
I think the world has gone insane. That we have to watch every p and q these days. I have no problem saying I am a woman that will "man" a stall, if I so wish. So I agree with you @valmnz .
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
Good to hear that. I guess we use an evolving language.
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• United States
19 Sep 15
I think we've become a world with being overly politically correct...manning something is a fine term with me and I don't find it sexist
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
Neither sexist nor incorrect, but apparently some see it that way.
@gregario888 (1306)
• Aurangabad, India
19 Sep 15
It surely is sexist! Looks like it is an old term.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
It's part of the English language and I don't recall anyone ever being threatened by its use until now.
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• United States
19 Sep 15
I think that's silly or beyond silly. I wouldn't waste my time where I'm not wanted either.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
My alternative choice became volunteer and I like that term
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• United States
19 Sep 15
I have to agree. Political correctness has gone overboard to such a degree that it's often ridiculous. As a woman, I say "man" a booth if you darn well feel like it.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
19 Sep 15
Thanks for that! It's an American based organisation that I belong to here in New Zealand, and the directive has come from them.
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@marlina (57198)
• Canada
20 Sep 15
I am so sick and tired of all this "political correctness".
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