Expectant mothers. It’s a common, harmless-sounding phrase, but it’s becoming the centre of a worldwide controversy.
The British Medical Association has put out a leaflet for staff, warning them against using phrases that could cause offence. “Expectant mothers” is on the list.
“A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women,” the leaflet reads. “We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”
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The leaflet also advises that staff shouldn’t use the term “Christian name”, as not everyone is Christian, and they should avoid terms such “mankind” and “manpower”, because they’re masculine nouns. Instead of “biologically male or female”, they should say “assigned male or female”, and instead of “the elderly”, it should be “older people”.
People have attacked the policy on social media.