Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Australian Defence Farce: Army personnel banned from saying 'him' and 'her' to avoid 'gender bullying'

The armed forces should NOT be used to push a minority ideology.  They are traditionally non-political

Australian Defence Force personnel have been instructed to avoid terms like 'him' and 'her' in favour of more gender-neutral language.

A new LGBTI guide has recently been developed for the Australian Defence Force Academy, which trains future members of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

The guide, aimed at ADFA staff, stresses the importance of being 'mindful of respectful and disrespectful behaviours or language in relation to LGBTI members'.

Staff have been told to consider 'avoiding stereotyping' and using 'the correct pronouns and preferred name of sex or gender diverse members wherever possible'.

The guide also encourages the use 'gender neutral language when referring to relationships or gender identities' and 'the mental health and welfare of members'.

Staff are told to apologise to fellow personnel 'in the event they make a mistake'.

'All ADFA personnel need to appreciate that the deliberate use of non-inclusive language, exclusion and bullying due to gender diversity are some of the behaviours which can affect LGBTI members,' the guide says. 

The guide warns that 'unacceptable behaviours' will not tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly to maintain a learning and working environment which is inclusive.

Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, Commandant ADFA, wrote it was her intent the guide would become a valuable resource for staff making decisions regarding LGBTI members.



Anonymous said...

to maintain a learning and working environment which is inclusive.

Nonsense ! Normal people do not need to accommodate those with twisted minds.
Can people with twisted minds be expected to use good judgement ?

Dean said...

If a person dresses, acts and appears male - use him. If the person dresses, appears and acts acts female - use her. What's the problem?

Anonymous said...

The all inclusive "hey you" or "hey you (insert rank)" would work. However, I 'm quite sure this would introduce new offenses which no one in their right mind has ever thought of before.

Anonymous said...

Inclusive of difference - not inclusive of normality.