Thursday, June 02, 2016

Australian do-gooder wants us to stop saying gender-based terms like 'guys'

What the f*** are we supposed to say?

Australian of the Year and former Army chief David Morrison says the term "guys" should no longer be used in workplaces.

The retired Lieutenant General is today launching a new Diversity Council Australia video which aims to crack down on language which excludes minority groups.

"Exclusive language, gender-based language or inappropriate language, has as much a deleterious or disadvantaged effect as something where you're saying something blatantly inappropriate to another human being," General Morrison told ABC News Breakfast.

He said he was not trying to become the "language police" by supporting the new campaign, and expected to be criticised for the idea.

The #WordsAtWork campaign video depicts a group of women rolling their eyes at being called "girls" by a male colleague.

"All the campaign is doing is saying look, it's a proven fact that more inclusive [and] more diverse workforces create real diversity of thinking and are more productive, more effective," General Morrison said.

"And one of the ways that you can engender that type of environment is being careful about how you speak to other people, talking to them with respect and listening to their views with respect."

General Morrison said he was now trying to personally stop using the word "guys" when speaking to groups of people.

"I have now removed that from my lexicon as best I can, I think it's important."

However, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop cautioned against interfering with freedom of speech.

Ms Bishop said words such as "guys" were generic enough they should not cause offence.

"I don't think we should try and interfere with the freedom of speech in this country to a point where people are too concerned about day-to-day conversations," she said.



Bird of Paradise said...

From now on instead of Good Guys and Bad Guys it will all be generder nuetral becuase of this PC poppycock and overly sensitive little pussietards wearing pink while sipping herbal tea from their play pens

Anonymous said...

If they want to be gender inclusive they need only say "Guys and Gals" but there are so many people out there who do not have a very full vocabulary (including evidently the author of that article) and therefore never think of the word Gals who try to use "girls" instead, no wonder the gals roll their eyes.

Anonymous said...

This is so mind boggling stupid that it is hard to believe they are serious. Effective leaders will use "we" and "our team" to communicate inclusion. The perpetually offended will never be placated so arguing about "men" or "guys" or other terms semantically denoting total inclusion is futile.


Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

No More Guys and Gals becuase some little cream puff might be offended

King Condor said...

Hey i just read that a ACLU leader has resigned after her own duaghter was scared by some freako in the women's restroom

Anonymous said...

And to think this socialist idiot used to be the head of the Australian Defense Force. He was obviously upset when someone told him to suck it up when he was a cadet. I am just surprised that he hasn't come out of the closet yet.

Flu-Bird said...

Another pinhead with a walnut sized brain or smaller STUPID is their middle name