We are barely a month into 2017 and I want it to end already.
The British Medical Association caused an uproar amongst the crowds both in the medical field and the general public upon publishing its brand new “Guide To Effective Communication: Inclusive Language In The Workplace”. In fact, the BMA discourages doctors from calling pregnant women “expectant mothers” or “mothers-to-be” to avoid displeasing transgender and intersex individuals. Instead, the term “pregnant people” should be used.
Excuse my French but this is bollocks.
Maternity – as defined by the Oxford Dictionary – is motherhood. Moreover, “mother” means “a woman in relation to her child or children”.
It might seem irrelevant to some (if not most) of you and before getting triggered, think outside the box. English is a beautiful language rich in vocabulary. If you are familiar with George Orwell and 1984, you probably have an idea of what I am building up to. We have come to the point where we are advised not to utilise certain terms to abstain from offending the minorities. Although it is fairly philanthropic, I do not agree with it. Apart from defying normality, we are being told to use appellations that overgeneralise a case and there is undoubtedly a chance of eradicating certain phrases and words from our vocabulary in order to be oh-so politically correct.
Implying that in the near future, other ‘offensive terms’ will be revised to become more gender-neutral as well.
Note: for the peasants who have not read the novel,“Newspeak” is an alternative version of English with a lesser vocabulary that was “designed to diminish the range of thought”.
+Notes: “thoughtcrime” is the occurrence of nonconformist or controversial thinking, considered as a criminal offence or as socially unacceptable, one of the many terms specifically created for Newspeak.
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.”