University Handbook Advises Staff to Call Fathers the ‘Non-Birthing Parent’

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

An Australian university is encouraging staffers to start using gender-inclusive language that would see them abandoning words like “mother” and “father.”

The story: The Australian National University’s Gender-Inclusive Handbook, which describes itself as being for “any ANU student or staff member involved” in teaching, offers advice for improving inclusivity and adopting gender-neutral terms.

The handbook notes that while “many students will identify as ‘mothers’ and ‘fathers’, using these terms alone to describe parenthood excludes those who do not identify with gender-binaries.”

The guide suggests using the term “gestational parent” or “birthing parent” for “mother,” as well as non-gestational parent” or “non-birthing parent” instead of “father” in a section about parents and students.

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