Since August 3, 2014, builders and other street workers are warned in Belgium: a new anti-sexism Act came into force.
As it has become the habit of the powers-to-be to write the rule of law in such way only (expensive) lawyers understand what is meant (and even then…), the Belgian Institute for Equality of Women and Men published a manual for the new Act.
From now on and according to this manual, shouting following sentences could make you end up in prison or fined:
– ‘a directors meeting is not a tupperware-evening’
– ‘a woman has nothing to do on a construction site’
– ‘what a sissy’
– ‘again somebody who is spending the money of her husband on shoes’
– ‘how much?’
Or as the Dean of the University of Leuven said: ‘shouldn’t we accept as society that some people can’t help it to be plain blunt?’