Whether you sing the anthem of your country to show patriotism, announce freedom through music (if you live in a free country), eulogize history, or document your country's struggle, it is your anthem and you love it.
Look, its 2010, not 1956. Yes, I think lyrics, writing and language should be as gender neutral as possible. Anything else is a slap in the face of the copious amounts of women and men who have striven to create a more beautiful, inclusive world. Of course the lyrics to the anthem should be altered! For years I have been singing:
...true patriot love in all of OUR command...
Not a huge change but important to me because I am a daughter, she, woman, her, female and it does make me feel more included if language is as gender neutral as possible. I AM CANADIAN and we are a mosaic of people, not all XY chromosomed. (As a side note, this point is a moot issue in the French verison as there is no gender reference in the French lyrics. Calling a chair in French 'une chaise' is a different conversation.)
Whether your country's anthem is an old church hymn changed multiple times due your country changing (State Anthem of the Russian Federation), describes the landscape of your country (Motherland - Mauritius), or a melody that comes from an old drinking song (Star Spangled Banner). Sing it loud, sing it proud and ensure that it is inclusive!
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