Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Mankind, guys, love and darling: The 'gender-inappropriate' words Qantas has banned its staff from using

Australian airline Qantas has told staff to use 'gender appropriate' terms and avoid saying 'husband and wife' because it may offend the LGBTI community.

Qantas' People and Culture group executive Lesley Grant issued an information booklet detailing how to make employees feel more comfortable at work in line with the airline's Spirit of Inclusion month, The Daily Telegraph reported.

It asks employees to stop using words such as 'honey, darling and love' because they have the capacity to offend.

It also advises staff to use 'partner' instead of husband and wife, and 'parents' instead of mum and dad because it could exclude LGBTI families.

The pack asks Qantas workers to not use gender-inappropriate terms such as mankind or fireman.

The information states: 'Language can make groups of people invisible. For example, the use of the term chairman can reinforce the idea that leaders are always men.'

'Words like love, honey or darling, even when used as terms of endearment, often offend. In the workplace, it is best to avoid these sorts of words.'

Ms Grant told staff she wants the work environment at Qantas to be a place 'everyone feels comfortable to bring their whole selves to work'.

The material was produced by the Diversity Council of Australia, Qantas told The Daily Telegraph.



Anonymous said...

Why are normal people required to cater o those with twisted minds ?

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

The P.C. nonsense is getting out of hand now there are words you cant use becuase some stupid little snowflake might get their sensitive little feelings hurt SCREW LIBERALS SCREW SNOWFLAKES to

Anonymous said...

I have often heard gay people in the "media" refer to their own partners as "my husband" or "my wife", and some gay people are also parents who refer to themselves as "moms" and "dads". Any professionally-minded airline staff should not in any case be referring to adult customers as "honey" etc. or to other staff in front of customers. (Speaking to children is different.)

Bill R. said...

What about the fact that you are offending normal people who ARE husband and wife?

Anonymous said...

Offended me they have! Fly Qantas again, I WILL NOT!!!!


Anonymous said...

They want people to be comfortable bringing their whole selves to work?
What about the people that support traditional families, and who speak english not PC mumbo jumbo? Are they also encouraged to bring their whole selves to work?

Spurwing Plover the Fighting Shorebird said...

And the little Koala still dont like Qantas