UK government: Call expectant mothers “expectant people”, to avoid excluding transgenders. Even feminists disagree
Call expectant mothers ‘pregnant people’, the Government suggests https://t.co/Al7JBOZ4MZ
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) 23 oktober 2017
Why? Who knows. But the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) took virtue signalling to a level that even feminist activist seem to find offensive. Identity Politics is a circular firing squad.
The Sunday Times reported that the FCO proposed an amendment to the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, suggesting the use of the term:
“pregnant people” to avoid excluding “transgender people who have given birth”
And internal FCO document reads that:
“A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and trans men who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”
To British feminist and writer Sarah Ditum, however, this was a Rhine bridge too far:
“Having a female body and knowing what that means for reproduction doesn’t make you ‘exclusionary’. Forcing us to decorously scrub out any reference to our sex on pain of being called bigots is an insult.”
An FCO spokesperson who should have just stopped digging after the first sentence, has since commented, but blatantly fails to clarify his organisation’s position on the case:
“The UK does not object to the use of the term ‘pregnant woman’. We strongly support the right to life of pregnant women, and we have requested that the Human Rights Committee does not exclude pregnant transgender people from that right to life.”
It’s hardly the first time gender identity politics finds its way to the highest levels of public life. The UK police has issued “gender neutral” headgear to attract trans people, the London Tube has traded their “ladies and gentlemen” announcement for “dear travellers” to avoid offending transgenders, and the British Medical Association has stopped using the term “pregnant mothers” to avoid offending transgenders.
Britain. It’s going places. Not sure which, but places nonetheless.