Pregnant women in hospital are no longer allowed to be referred to as mothers, and women serving in the Royal Air Force cannot wear skirts on parade. These are the latest in a series of bizarre rulings aimed at reducing perceived offence to people who identify as ‘transgender’.
According to a 14-page leaflet, called A guide to effective communication: inclusive language in the workplace, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said pregnant women should not be called ‘expectant mothers’, as it could offend transgender people.
Instead, they should call them ‘pregnant people’, so as not to upset intersex and transgender men, the union has said.
The news was reported in The Telegraph, which said the advice had been given in an internal document to BMA staff, outlining a raft of common phrases that should be avoided for fear of causing offence.
Meanwhile, the new uniform policy on the RAF, which has yet to be enforced, is part of a bid to reflect the RAF as a ‘modern and inclusive employer’. A report in The Sun said that, under the plans, women will have to wear trousers on parades, on barracks and during public events. Women make up 14 per cent of the RAF.
Quoting a source, The Sun said, ‘We have men who want to live as women, women who want to live as men, and personnel who do not identify with any gender. The view was we need a uniform policy to say there is one uniform for everyone and that’s that’.