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Staff at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra have been to the use of certain words related to gender. ANU's Gender Institute a list of replacement terms for everyday words like 'mother' and 'father'. The switch in vocabulary part of an initiative to more gender-neutral language. Staff are being to use the term 'gestational parent' instead of 'mother,' and 'non-birthing parent' in place of 'father'. The institute's gender handbook the words 'mother' and 'father' non-binary people. These are people who as being neither male nor female. Non-binary people feel unrepresented in society because of words that to males and females.

The gender handbook the suggested nomenclature guidelines. It says: "While many students will as 'mothers' or 'fathers,' these terms alone to parenthood excludes those who do not with gender-binaries." It added: "This non-gendered language is particularly important in...discussions of childbirth and parenthood." An ANU spokesperson said the handbook was just a guide. It said: "This document not an official ANU policy....It is a guide by expert researchers to anyone committed to enhancing inclusiveness and diversity." Last week, a UK university its staff to the word 'chestfeeding' for 'breastfeeding'.

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