Friday 10th September 2021
“Spasmodic choice of words”
CSU party congress rejects gender
“Gender-moralistic language acrobatics” should be rejected, according to a motion at the CSU party congress. It is adopted by a heady majority. Previously, party leader Söder had been sarcastic about the more sensitive use of language.
At its party congress in Nuremberg, the CSU spoke out by a large majority against an obligation to use gender-neutral language. “The spasmodic choice of gender language has to be avoided in authorities and educational institutions,” says a motion that was accepted by the delegates in the evening with a large majority of more than 96 percent. “The politically indoctrinated, artificial excesses of gender-moralistic language acrobatics” should be rejected as long as they do not prevail from bottom to top in society, but are imposed by individual institutions or media outlets, says the motion that the chairman of the Junge Union in Bavaria, Christian Doleschal, brought in.
The Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU boss Markus Söder had previously spoken out against an obligation to use gender language. “We as the CSU do not accept any gender law or gender parking tickets,” said Söder. “We are a free state and not a re-education state, common sense counts for us.”
In his speech at the party congress, he earned laughter in front of his own audience at sarcastic remarks about gendering. Söder scoffed in the regulars’ table jargon that grandma and grandpa should become “Ompa” after the friends of gender-equitable language. “Don’t we really have more important problems in our country?” – the hall cheered too.
For the CSU it was the first party congress in presence since 2019, i.e. before the outbreak of the corona pandemic. And there was another novelty: A party met that was threatened with the worst Bundestag election result since 1949 and, together with the CDU, would go into the opposition.
The bad starting position seemed to affect the CSU delegate on the mind. This became evident in the re-election of her party leader, Söder. Söder got only 87.6 percent – less than the 91.3 percent he received two years ago. And also less than the resolute rejection of the CSU members against a gender obligation.