31 March 2021

Australian government bans 'fluid' neo-language

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"People who menstruate. I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?". JK Rowling


The Australian Senate has passed a motion preventing the federal government from using 'gender-inclusive' language in any text. The senator from One Nation Malcolm Roberts made the motion in the Senate and the proposal passed 33 to 31.

"Our biology and our fundamental relationships are represented through the following definitions: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, boy, girl, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, female, male, man, woman, lady, sir, daddy, mummy, husband, wife "reads the motion. "Genuine inclusion on a large scale cannot be achieved through distortions of biological and relational definitions"

The motion goes on to state that "the right of an individual to choose his or her own definitions and pronouns for personal use must not dehumanise the human species and undermine the gender".

The motion calls on the federal government to "Rejecting the use of distorted language such as gestational/non-gestational parent, menstruating, breastfeeding parent, birthing/non-birthing parent". It also states that any material produced, including legislation, websites and documentation as well as employee training must ignore these terms.

The motion passed the upper house with the support of the coalition senators. The Green Senator Janet Rice attempted to comment on the motion but was denied permission. She did not hold back later, posting the motion on Twitter.

"I expect this shit from One Nation." he said. "But the Morrison government has just voted in favour of the disgusting and bigoted Senate motion of One Nation that seeks to deny the identity of trans and non-binary people. So the motion passed. What happened to government for all Australians? Sacks of shit!".

The proposal comes in the wake of the suggestion by researchers at the Australian National University to drop terms such as 'mother', 'father' and 'breastfeeding' to be more inclusive. "Many students will identify as 'mothers' or 'fathers', but the use of these terms alone to describe parenting excludes those who do not identify with gender binarism."the research found.

(the original article here)

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