The Arkansas government won’t be using any “woke” and “anti-women” terminology, thanks to an executive order signed by the governor.
“Today, we’re taking a stand against woke nonsense,” Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press conference about the directive last week. “What frankly started as a fad among a few grad students has seeped down into corporations, the health care industry and increasingly state government. It’s demeaning to women, and it needs to stop.
“We’re all here to say frankly that we’ve had enough. Enough trying to erase women and girls. Enough denying our biological differences from men and enough of the craziness that is taking over our country. I’d had the honor of being both the first women and mother to serve as the governor of Arkansas.”
The executive order stipulates the state government “should reject language that ignores, undermines and erases women” and “should celebrate gender distinctions between women and men – not erase them.”
The new policy prohibits all state offices, departments, boards and commissions from using “exclusionary, sexist language in official state government business.”
Notably, the state government is prohibited from using “nonsense terms” such as “pregnant people,” “birthing person,” “laboring person,” “birth-giver,” “menstruating person,” “chestfeeding” and “womyn.”
“It’s the left that decided ‘woman’ is a dirty word,” Sanders said. “It’s the left that decided we needed to toss out basic biology and basic grammar along with it. I think they’re just mad that conservatives are starting to fight back.”
“They better get ready because we’re just getting started,” she warned.
Arkansas Surgeon General Kay Chandler, a practicing OB-GYN, was one of the many women standings behind Sanders, expressing full support for the new executive order.
“I’ve been serving women of all ages since 1997, but the governor’s executive order doesn’t require a medical degree to understand. It’s just common sense,” Chandler said.
She highlighted that one doesn’t need a medical degree to understand the fundamental concept that “women give birth.” This fact shouldn’t be considered controversial, she said.
“Gov. Sanders’ executive order is smart on a number of counts,” Chandler went on. “It stands up to those who try to erase women in the name of political correctness. In this administration, I know our governor won’t let political correctness get in the way of science.”