"Oh la vache. The French language is under assault from the advocates of equality. Heedless of the requirements of elegance and lucidity, these social engineers are proposing an Orwellian newspeak to avoid giving offence to women and gays. Such at least is the accusation levelled against advocates of “écriture inclusive”, or inclusive language in the written form. Universities and some state agencies are already using a system of orthography that eschews discrimination against women. For example, the masculine noun lecteur (meaning “reader”) is rendered as “lecteur·rice·s”, to include the feminine form lectrice and the plurals of both. The practice is spreading. French keyboards are to be equipped from next year with a key that will put the point at mid-height rather than in the position .. "