Gender Neutral Language

Petition to keep Mother/Father, Husband/Wife on all federal government forms

Gender-Neutral Language shouldn't mean we don't use Mother/Father anymore.

Sponsored by Senator Malcolm Roberts
This petition will be presented to the Senate by Senator Malcolm Roberts, calling on the Government to restore the use of traditional gendered options such as mother/father, husband/wife, son/daughter and grandmother/grandfather in all government forms or applications. By entering your details below, you will be signing the following:

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows:

The use of gender-neutral language is not neutral at all and its promotion is a slow and sinister creep that dehumanises a man or a woman. Children are most vulnerable as they grapple with anxiety over whether it is okay to use the descriptors boy and girl.

We acknowledge that informed adults ought to have the right to change their gender and choose pronouns that validate how they feel about themselves, but that does not extend to taking away the right for the rest of the population to use pronouns and descriptors that best validate how they feel about themselves.

We note the passage of the Gender Language motion on 16 March 2021 calling on Federal Government to reject the use of distorted language such as gestational/non-gestational parent, chest-feeding, human milk, lactating parent, menstruators, birthing / non-birthing parent and ensure all federal government and federal government funded agencies do not include these terms in their material, including legislation, websites, employee documentation and training materials.

The power is with the Australian people to restore common sense and resist this dangerous move towards dehumanising all of us. Our petition calls for the restoration of gendered terms to federal government documentation.

Your petitioners ask that the Senate:

Take action to mandate that the words mother/father, husband/wife, son/daughter and grandmother/grandfather are included/restored to all federal government forms as appropriate, including passport applications and that these choices be in addition to suitable “other” options such as partner, spouse or other gender options.

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