Mr. Trudeau, ‘Peoplekind’? Really?

Feb 8, 2018 by

by Michael Brown, Charisma:

I’m not sure how this is faring on your side of the border, but here in America (and, apparently, elsewhere, see here and here), your use of the word “peoplekind” has raised some eyebrows.

I’m referring, of course, to your interaction with a woman in your live audience who stated that “maternal love is the love that’s going to change the future of mankind”. You interrupted her to say, “We like to say ‘peoplekind’, not necessarily ‘mankind’, because it’s more inclusive.”

Now, I don’t mean to be pedantic, but I think the word you wanted to use was “humankind,” an acceptable alternative to mankind. To my knowledge, “peoplekind” has not yet gained currency, nor do I expect that it will.

And I do appreciate your desire to be inclusive, not wanting women to feel left out because of the use of the word “mankind,” as if it somehow excluded half of the human race (otherwise known as “womankind”).

But is it possible, sir, that your decision to correct this woman was ill-timed, especially since it was a female speaking about the power of maternal love to change the future of mankind? Surely she understood the already-inclusive nature of the word.

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