Gap Fill - Gender-neutral Language - Level 6


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Staff at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra have been requested to avoid the of certain words related to . ANU's Gender Institute issued a of replacement terms for words like 'mother' and 'father'. The switch in vocabulary is part of an to encourage more gender-neutral language. Staff are being asked to use the 'gestational parent' instead of 'mother,' and 'non-birthing ' in place of 'father'. The institute's gender handbook claims the 'mother' and 'father' exclude non-binary people. These are people who identify as being male nor female. Non-binary people feel unrepresented in because of words that refer to males and females.

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