Gender neutral language and breastfeeding

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Gender neutral language and breastfeeding

Post by Andypandy » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:39 pm

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8673664

Interesting article about the trans community and breastfeeding.
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Re: Gender neutral language and breastfeeding

Post by Mummy woo! » Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:27 pm

Yes, interesting. Just don't read the comments!

Something for all of us to think about. The complexities of intersectionality are so difficult to grasp but so important.

I recently taught a BEC with a same-sex parent couple and I had to really check myself even though I normally am careful to be inclusive. Was a good reality check.
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Re: Gender neutral language and breastfeeding

Post by kingofthedivan » Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:21 pm

thank you Andy pandy for sharing this article on the forum. It means a lot.

Says Roberts, "I don't need every nursing class ever to say 'ladies and gentlemen,' but I do need the person at the front of the room I'm actually in to say 'ladies and gentleman.'"
I really agree with this statement. It's often the tiniest things that can make a space feel welcoming. My partner and I have had similar problems in antenatal classes, despite registering as a same sex couple, the trainer still kept up with 'the man', 'the husband' etc, which, in the suburb with the highest concentration of lesbians in the gayest city in Australia, really was quite surprising.

But closer to the topic at hand, aust stats on pregnancy and birth are routinely published as 'australia's mothers and babies '. I wonder if this may eventually change as our family structures continue to develop away from traditionally gendered roles?

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Re: Gender neutral language and breastfeeding

Post by Andypandy » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:56 am

I think it is so important to adapt the language for the group you are talking to.

I like how the ABA uses the term "partner" rather than husband/father.
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