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.
As a white person dedicated to social justice, you’ve known how racist Drumpf’s campaign has been – but perhaps you didn’t know how capable so many white people, perhaps including your own family and friends, were of electing him.
You may be finding yourself coming to terms with just how prevalent and harmful white supremacy is – and how your white privilege has kept you ignorant and in denial of this reality in the first place.
When we compare similarly qualified men and women who hold the same jobs, Payscales 2016 median salaries show women in the USA earn 2% less than their male counterparts.
While this an improvement on 2015’s 3% it is still unacceptable and we will not stop fighting until true equality is achieved.
“Books such as Trans Bodies, Trans Selves focus almost entirely on trans men, while making only the most brief reference to the fact that trans women can bank their sperm. This reproduces a trans-misogynist dynamic in which trans men are highly valued by queer communities and transgender women’s concerns and existence are erased.”
Truth vs Justice “Two incompatible sacred values in American universities”
Duke University Department of Political Science has truly lost its way too even consider that justice is not paramount.
On October 6, 2016, Professor Jonathan Haidt gave a Hayek Lecture at Duke. The event was co-sponsored by the programs in the History of Political Economy (HOPE), Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE), and American Values and Institutions (AVI). The event was open to the public, but also served as a guest lecture in Professor Jonathan Anomaly’s PPE course.
Professor Haidt argues that conflicts arise at many American universities today because they are pursuing two potentially incompatible goals: truth and social justice. While Haidt thinks both goals are important, he maintains that they can come into conflict.
According to some versions of social justice, whenever we observe a disparity of outcomes between races, genders, or other groups, we should infer that injustice has been done. Haidt challenges this view of social justice and shows how it sometimes leads to violations of truth, and even justice.
Haidt concludes that universities should be free to pursue whatever goals – truth or social justice – they want, but that they should make it clear which of these two goals is their “telos” – their highest purpose. He ends with a discussion of his initiative, HeterodoxAcademy.org, to bring more viewpoint diversity to universities in order to improve research and learning.
Canada’s enlightened position here.
“Gender refers to the socially constructed roles and responsibilities of women and men. The concept of gender also includes the expectations held about the characteristics, aptitudes and likely behaviours of both women and men (femininity and masculinity). These roles and expectations are learned, changeable over time, and variable within and between cultures. Gender analysis has increasingly revealed how women’s subordination is socially constructed, and therefore able to change, as opposed to being biologically predetermined and therefore static.”