New government language guide tells public servants not to say husband or wife because it’s too ‘heteronormative’ and it might offend people
No more ‘HUSBAND’ and ‘WIFE’ and out with the ‘HE’ and ‘SHE’!
Holding onto offensive hetero-normative concepts will no longer be permissible in the Rainbow State. The Department for the Enforcement of Sexual Depravity has been authorised to use all means necessary to re-educate Victorian public service workers still stuck in the bigoted ultra right-wing man/woman duopoly.
Sounds like a satire? This is Australia 2016.
- Inclusive Language Guide is a government initiative to keep LGBTI people safe
- Victorian workers are told to adopt gender-neutral pronouns ‘zie’ and ‘hir’
- Equality Minister Martin Foley said it will help eliminate homophobia, biphobia
- But the guide has been met with criticism for its ‘postmodernist ideology’
Public servants in Victoria have been advised not to use the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ in order to promote ‘safer spaces’ for the LGBTI community.
The Inclusive Language Guide is a government initiative to keep people safe, particularly LGBTI people, The Australian reported.
Workers are being encouraged to adopt gender-neutral pronouns ‘zie’ and ‘hir’, and to avoid using derogatory terms.
They are also being discouraged from asking ‘offensive questions’, particularly to transgender people, such as whether they have had surgery or not.
The guide encourages both the public and businesses to use the word ‘partner’ than wife, girlfriend, husband or boyfriend, to avoid heteronormativity and promote sexual freedom and equality.
Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley said the guide was part of a measure to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.