Australia's top university instructs staff to call fathers "non-birthing parent" and mothers "gestational parent" so as not to offend "those who do not identify with gender-binaries"

Feb 16th

This is really real:

Staff at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, have been encouraged to ditch the terms "mother" and "father" with the hope of being more gender-inclusive.

ANU's Gender-Inclusive Handbook has requested fathers to be referred to as the "non-birthing parent" and the term "mother" replaced with "gestational parent," when discussing childbirth.

"While many students will identify as 'mothers' or 'fathers', using these terms alone to describe parenthood excludes those who do not identify with gender-binaries," the handbook stated.

The handbook also recommends using the terms "breast/chest feeding" and "human/parent's milk", instead of "breastfeeding," and "mother's milk" to describe lactation.

It cites a 2019 study by researcher Lauren Dinour, who said that "heterosexual and woman-focused lactation language ... can misgender, isolate, and harm transmasculine parents and non-heteronormative families."

This is from the ANU memo (ANU, btw, is described as "Australia's leading university" by news.com.au):

Did you read all of that, above? That was real. This is all real. This is real life.

Do you see this? This is a howitzer:

Reading articles like the one above makes me want to climb into the business end of one of those and have someone fire me into outer space, Looney Tunes style.


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