POLL: Is BBC right to replace ‘fishermen’ with gender-neutral ‘fisherpeople’? | UK | News (Reports)

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The change in the BBC’s guidelines came to light when Katya Adler, the broadcaster’s Europe editor, used the term “fisherpeople” while talking about post-Brexit fishing rights in the UK. Her mention of the word set off a huge debate on social media, with some users branding it “stupid” and “ridiculous”.

One person tweeted: “The BBC has invented the word ‘fisherpeople’ instead of ‘fishermen’.

“Yet 99 percent of ‘fisherpeople’ are men.

“The nutty BBC mentality really is utter garbage.”

A second wrote: “Fisherpeople – it’s either fishermen for the large percentage or fisherwomen who also like to participate.

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“When oh when are we going to return to a non-PC world?

“No, unfortunately we’ve passed that point of no return.”

The BBC’s guidelines say “men” should not be used in job descriptions unless only males are employed in the field.

In a bid to appear more inclusive and gender-neutral, the advice reads: “Unless you are sure only males are involved, avoid words such as ‘newsmen’, ‘businessmen’ and ‘policemen’.

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He added: “But has anyone ever seen one? I don’t think I have and yet the whole language is being changed from ‘fishermen’ to ‘fisherpeople’.

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“We’re just simply pointing out that there are certain jobs that women don’t like to do.”

One viewer took to Twitter to say “some women need to get a grip” on the use of traditional words which are now seen by many as outdated.

She said: “I enjoy fishing occasionally with my dad, more when I was younger.

“I also work in the construction industry and am not offended by ‘workmen’ or ‘manholes’ nor do most of the women I see on sites all over the UK.

“Some women need to get a grip!”

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Another person declared that they would “never say fisherpeople” as they criticised the BBC’s change in guidelines.

Barrie Deas, chairman of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, dismissed “fisherpeople” as a clumsy word and suggested people instead use the term “fishers”.

He said: “There are women in the industry on the processing and management side – including a president and chair of this federation – so the reality is that women are well-represented in the industry as a whole but not very much on the catching side. It’s really only a handful. Mostly it’s men that crew the boats.”

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