Taking the people with you

No no you’ve got it all wrong, it’s about inclusion. It’s so much more inclusiony this way.

Good Morning Britain viewers have been left furious as the CEO of Oxfam spoke out on why the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ are to be banned in the charity’s new foundation scheme.

Oxfam has instructed its staff to use the word ‘parent’ instead of ‘mother’ and ‘father’ as it updates its language guide…

CEO Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah explains why Oxfam’s inclusivity guide has been updated, claiming the changes “create an inclusive environment within the work place.”

But it doesn’t. It doesn’t. Of course it doesn’t. Is Dr Sriskandarajah aware that lots of people in the work place are themselves mothers or fathers? Does it not occur to him that forbidding mention of them is not inclusive? That it’s especially not inclusive when it’s not a mere oversight but an explicit written instruction?

Oxfam CEO Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, said on Friday (March 17) morning’s episode of GMB: “All foundations need to create an inclusive environment within the work place and that’s what this guide is about. Its not about telling staff what to do or what not to do its a guide.

“We want to make sure we treat people, staff and communities that we work with around the world with kindness and dignity. We have tens of thousands of volunteers and we want to make sure that the language we use is inclusive of all of us, of people with all backgrounds.”

By telling those people of all backgrounds not to mention mothers and fathers. I’m not seeing the kindness and dignity. Not seeing the inclusive of all of us.

You know, he probably doesn’t either. He’s not a purple-haired teenager. He probably doesn’t see kindness or dignity in this either, but The Iron Law of Trans Entitlement has dictated that he has to pretend to. We really need to get this law repealed.

Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah couldn’t answer how much it costs to update the guide. He added: “What we’re learning is if we’re going to end poverty, we need to take people with us. And using inclusive language is an important way of showing dignity and respect to the people.”

But you’re not going to take people with you by carefully erasing the words “mother” and “father” from your language. You’re not going to take people with you by making it an explicit rule that it’s naughty and exclooosionary to mention mothers and fathers. The people you’re trying to take with you are going to get off that train so fast they’ll be a blur.

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