Mankind wiped out by British Army in favour of a gender-neutral world
Words such as ‘mankind’ and ‘manpower’ are being eased out at a military training base in favour of gender-neutral language.
Students at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom have been encouraged to use phrases like ‘people’, ‘folks’ and ‘friends’ to avoid alienating women and LGBT people.
Notices have gone up at the academy – which houses students from the civil service and government as well as the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force – offering alternative suggestions for commonly used words.
They include saying ‘human resources’ instead of ‘manpower’ and ‘humanity’ as opposed to ‘mankind’, The Sun reported.
Other words and phrases to get the boot include ‘chaps’ and ‘gentleman’s agreement’.
Gender-neutral replacements for commonly used language
Humanity or humankind instead of mankind
Unwritten agreement instead of gentleman’s agreement
Folks or friends instead of chaps
Human resources instead of manpower
Fairness or good humour instead of sportsmanship
Best person for the job instead of best man for the job
Average person instead of man in the street
A two-page guide made up by the academy’s Joint Equality, Diversity and Inclusion unit is said to have been pinned up in the toilets at the facility in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire.
An Army source told The Sun that their time would be better spent ‘on tactics than worrying about the niceties of modern language’.
But another admitted that inappropriate language is ‘a real problem’.
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence, which runs the academy, said it is ‘continuously promoting a modern, inclusive, working environment to ensure individuals are recognised and feel valued’.
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