Au Revoir Papa et Maman


French Schools Replace “Mother” And “Father” With “Parent 1” And “Parent 2”

In the latest example of political correctness run amok in Europe, the French National Assembly this week passed an education reform bill which included a controversial amendment to replace all instances of the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ on official school-related paperwork with the ‘gender neutral’ phrases “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”.

You’d think, given the continuing turmoil in France, that the French National Assembly would have more important things to consider than something like this.

But perhaps this actually explains better than anything why there is turmoil in France, and why the Gilets Jaunes are revolting: the French political class have collectively lost their minds.

And couldn’t they have thought of something a bit more imaginative than “parent 1” and “parent 2”? During the French Revolution, the months of the year were imaginatively renamed:

The Republican calendar year began the day the autumnal equinox occurred in Paris, and had twelve months of 30 days each, which were given new names based on nature, principally having to do with the prevailing weather in and around Paris.

Vendémiaire (from French vendange, derived from Latin vindemia, “grape harvest”), starting 22, 23, or 24 September
Brumaire (from French brume, “mist”), starting 22, 23, or 24 October
Frimaire (From French frimas, “frost”), starting 21, 22, or 23 November
Nivôse (from Latin nivosus, “snowy”), starting 21, 22, or 23 December
Pluviôse (from French pluvieux, derived from Latin pluvius, “rainy”), starting 20, 21, or 22 January
Ventôse (from French venteux, derived from Latin ventosus, “windy”), starting 19, 20, or 21 February
Germinal (from French germination), starting 20 or 21 March
Floréal (from French fleur, derived from Latin flos, “flower”), starting 20 or 21 April
Prairial (from French prairie, “meadow”), starting 20 or 21 May
Messidor (from Latin messis, “harvest”), starting 19 or 20 June
Thermidor (or Fervidor*) (from Greek thermon, “summer heat”), starting 19 or 20 July
Fructidor (from Latin fructus, “fruit”), starting 18 or 19 August

How wonderful! It’s a pity they fell out of use.

Oddly enough, this renaming worked in the opposite sense to the latest French one, in that numerical names (e.g. October, November, December) were replaced with descriptive names.

Anyway, I think they should stick with mère et père. They’re good, short, single syllable words,. Imagine children having to refer to their parents as parent un et parent deux. They’d soon be shortened to  Un et Deux. And most likely mère et père were anyway the names of one and two in some forgotten language.

Steve Turley picked up on it in his latest video:

He also mentioned that he’d be live-streaming tonight at 7 pm EST (midnight in the UK), and would be talking about both this and some thoughts of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I may try to stay up late to watch it, because Steve Turley is a rather likeable and optimistic character.

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19 Responses to Au Revoir Papa et Maman

  1. RdM says:

    Well it’s just after 1 am here, oh, it’ll be afternoon tomorrow then.
    I can watch that youtube embed now, but how about a link to wherever the live stream will be?
    Oh, I suppose I can search Steve Turley (never heard of before) but – you mentioned it!
    Thanks! ;=})

  2. Well that’s a bit discriminatory. Not all families actually have a Parent 2. In fact these days, it’s becoming more and more common, to only have a Parent 1, which of course is not a bad thing, but something to be celebrated
    And then there’s the polyamorous people who have a Parent 3 and possibly Parent 4 and 5. It must be a hate crime to leave them out

  3. petesquiz says:

    I can see this leading to quite a few family arguments along the lines of, “How can you call me Parent 2 when it was me who brought you into the world….you ungrateful *@#@*!?”

  4. Dr Evil says:

    Ironic in a language that has masculine and feminine nouns and pronouns really.

  5. Rose says:

    So in France, still calling you parents Mum and Dad is now a revolutionary act?

    Meanwhile, forewarned is forearmed.

    Politics: Use Brexit to reduce sugar intake, urge experts
    21 Feb 2019

    “The government should use Brexit to limit the supply of sugar to reduce consumption, say academics.
    In a report they say that it would be better to target the availability of sugar to food manufacturers rather than telling consumers to eat less.

    Professors from the University of Warwick and London Metropolitan University say that Brexit and the end of the common agricultural policy offer “the opportunity to act”.

    Which presumably is shortly before they ban your new gas hob.

    End of the gas hob as government advisers say new homes should be ‘off gas grid’ by 2025
    21 February 2019

    “Gas hobs could be banned from being installed in new homes within seven years over fears that they are harming the environment.
    Under new plans unveiled on Thursday by climate watchdogs no new homes will be connected to the gas grid after 2025 at the latest, in order for the UK to meet its legally binding climate targets.

    The proposals, from Government’s official climate advisers, would call time on new gas radiators, boilers and cooking hobs.
    The move away from gas hobs is likely to disappoint many home cooks who prefer them to electric as they find the heat is easier to control.”

  6. Timothy Goodacre says:

    God give me strength. The world has gone mad. Forget all this pc crap. You have a mother and a father. The mother is a female. The father is a male. Thats all.

    • Furtive Ferret says:

      In the LBGT taxonomy there is apparently a classification of “Auto Sexual”: preferring self-gratification over other forms of sexual activity.

      We used to call them “wankers”

  7. Joe L. says:

    O/T: Happy birthday, Frank!!

  8. Sackerson says:

    Only 2 parents? How retro is that?

  9. slugbop007 says:

    What do they call in vitro and sperm bank donors?


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