Bigoted British MP Philip Davies mocks brave British Medical Association initiative to discourage doctor’s trans-phobic hate speech such as ‘”expectant mothers” and “biologically male or female”.
In a welcome and somewhat overdue step the British Medical Association recently published an internal staff guidance to its 160,000 members highlighting common phrases that should be avoided for fear of causing offence. These include:
|Offensive Term||New Correct Term||Justification|
|Expectant Mothers||Pregnant people||Potentially offensive to transgender people.|
|The Elderly||Older people||Potentially offensive to age challenged people.|
|Disabled Lifts||Accessible Lifts||Potentially offensive to differently abled people.|
|Biologically male or female||Assigned male or female||Gender studies scientists have established that sex is a social construct.|
|Born Man / Born Woman||Assigned male or female||Reductive and over-simplify a complex subject.|
|Mankind||Humanity||It is not good practice to use masculine nouns.|
|“Prof”, “Dr”, “Mr”, “Mrs” or “Miss”||Randomize||Should not be put in a particular order on forms to avoid a perceived hierarchy.|
|Spastic||Person with cerebral palsy||Term has become a school-yard insult.|
|Brexiteer||Spastic||Term has become a school-yard insult.|
|Mongol||Person with Down’s syndrome||Term has become a school-yard insult.|
|Mogul||A steam locomotive of 2-6-0 wheel arrangement.||Disambiguation.|
The British Medical Association (BMA) go on to clarify “Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the assumptions and stereotypes that underpin those ideas are often deeply-rooted.”
“A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”
An attitude which any caring person would applaud, and yet regressive conservative MP Philip Davies described the guidance as “completely ridiculous”, which is offensive, he went on to add “If you can’t call a pregnant woman an expectant mother, then what is the world coming to?”
Archaic Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, when on to bemoan in a national newspaper: “I think it is sad that society is being pushed in this direction. God has made us man and woman, and mothers relate to their children in different ways than fathers. This ruling will confuse people about the vital role of mothers in bringing up their children.”
Not wanting to be left out the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Philip Elam, warned it would cause “great confusion and harm”, a subject the Catholic Church can speak authoritatively upon. He went on to say”It is Orwellian, isn’t it? Another example of people trying to control our thoughts and the way we speak.” (reference to the child of colonial oppression George Orwell).
However some sane voices can be heard, Heather Ashton, from the transgender support group TG Pals, said: “We know that biological females are the pregnant ones but trans people are parents too, and this is massive step forward to prevent discrimination against them. The fact that the terminology is changing can only be a positive thing for everyone who wants to be a parent and has the right to be a parent.”
We wholeheartedly applaud Heathers views.
Forewarned is forearmed, Philip Davies, MP. Please do not vote for this bigoted white man.